The Huberman Scholarship Fund is affiliated with the training of scholars in the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchester Akademie, whose studies prepare young musicians for a career in an internationally renowned orchestra.
The same selection criteria apply for Huberman scholars as for all other Academy students: applicants must be young musicians no older than 25 who can demonstrate proof of a conservatory training. In addition they must be Israelite nationals.
In 2008 the scholarship was named in Berlin after Bronislaw Huberman (1882–1947). The violinist of Polish-Jewish origin gave concerts as a soloist all over Europe and made music with the leading artists of his time. Huberman was among the artists who most forcefully expressed their antipathy to the Nazi regime. His collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic came to an end with his emigration. In 1936 he founded the Palestine Orchestra, which enabled many musical émigrés to make a new start and in 1948 became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hubermann scholarship shall make possible German-Israeli encounters on artistic and human levels. It is funded almost exclusively through private donations. The honorary patron of this scholarship is German chancellor Angela Merkel, who called it a “special cultural contribution to the friendship between the State of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany”. With this scholarship fund, tribute is also being paid to Shimon Stein, the former Israeli ambassador in Berlin, who initially conceived the idea.