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Learn from the pros

Former students of the Orchestra Academy can be found everywhere, whether in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Radio France, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras – and of course the Berliner Philharmoniker. “Learn from the pros” is the motto of the Academy. Founded 40 years ago by Herbert von Karajan and funded by private donors, highly talented young musicians are taught by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and are prepared for the life of professional orchestral musicians. A commitment that bears abundant fruit: About a quarter of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker today are former students of the Academy.

Simon Rattle on the Orchestra Academy

Herbert von Karajan’s idea was appealing: With the Orchestra Academy, an institution was created in which young, well-trained graduates can receive the best possible preparation for the profession of orchestral musician. Both in classes and working together with long-standing and experienced members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the students learn the particular style and the sound ideal of the orchestra. More than just learn it, they internalize it. However, the training goes far beyond that: According to Andreas Wittmann, principal oboe of the Berliner Philharmoniker and head of the Orchestra Academy, the young instrumentalists get a sense of what it means to be a “complete musician”, who not only work intensively on their own development, but also learn to widen their experience and meet the world with a thirst for knowledge and open eyes.

The Orchestra Academy in the Digital Concert Hall

Visit the Digital Concert Hall and watch free of charge the film by Daniel Finkernagel and Alexander Lück A License to Play – The Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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Concerts

Sunday

04

October
2015

Chamber Music Hall

11:00

Academy I: Classical and entertaining
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Orchestra-Academy | Serie: OA

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hugo Wolf, Jörg Widmann and Johannes Brahms

Wednesday

25

November
2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tischlerei

20:00

Peter Sellars
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Chamber Music | Non-subscription concert chamber music

Peter Sellars Staging

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Duncan Ward Conductor

Julia Bullock Soprano

Michael Schumacher Assistent Director

Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin Vocal Quartet

Kaija Saariaho La Passion de Simone (Version for soprano, choir and chamber orchestra from 2013)

Thursday

26

November
2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tischlerei

20:00

Peter Sellars
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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Peter Sellars Staging

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Duncan Ward Conductor

Julia Bullock Soprano

Michael Schumacher Assistent Director

Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin Vocal Quartet

Kaija Saariaho La Passion de Simone (Version for soprano, choir and chamber orchestra from 2013)

Sunday

28

February
2016

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Academy II: Baroque Dresden
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Orchestra-Academy | Serie: OA

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Reinhard Goebel Direction

Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Johann David Heinichen, Johann Gabriel Seyffarth, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Christoph Schmidt

Monday

20

June
2016

Chamber Music Hall

20:00

Orchstra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Orchestra-Academy | Serie: OA

Orchstra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Kalevi Aho sowie weitere Werke Concerto for theremin and chamber orchestra Eight Seasons plus further works

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