Learn from the pros
Former students of the Orchestra Academy can be found everywhere, whether in the Royal Concertgebouw 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.
On 2 December, the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation celebrated the Academy's 40th anniversary with two concerts: Treasures for the First Sunday in Advent was the title of the first concert, with Academy students and host Klaus Wallendorf spreading some pre-Christmas cheer. In the second concert, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Bruckner's Eighth Symphony with an orchestra consisting of current and former students. The “alumni” have travelled at their own expense from all over the world to perform in this benefit event for “their” Academy. A moderated discussion and an exhibition complemented the musical programme.
Over the 2012/2013 season, the Academy students will give other interesting concerts which demonstrate the full range of their skills, ranging from Early Music to contemporary compositions. This web page also invites you to find out more about the Orchestra Academy with a video from Sir Simon Rattle, a small gallery and an article about the Academy’s history.
“Tradition and Future”
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