The Orchestra Academy is very close to the heart for the principal conductors of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Not only its founder Herbert von Karajan, but also his successor Claudio Abbado have served them well. As a sign of gratitude, the Orchestra Academy initiated the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize, last awarded to the Italian composer Valerio Sannicandro, born in 1971.
Academy I – Dedicated to Claudio Abbado
String Quartet in G major K. 387
AQUAE Première of a work commissioned by the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Septet in E flat major
The Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker founded by Herbert von Karajan will be heading into its 43rd year in the 2014/15 season. What seemed a bold vision in 1972 – to prepare young graduates for their professional life with individual lessons from experienced orchestral musicians and by joint music-making at philharmonic concerts – has caught on over the decades: numerous world-class orchestras have followed Karajan’s example to promote young talent. Karajan’s successor Claudio Abbado also rendered outstanding services to the talent pipeline of the Berlin Philharmonic. In his last year as chief conductor of the orchestra he transferred the assets of the Claudio Abbado Music Foundation to the Foundation to Support the Orchestra Academy, founded in 2000.
As a sign of gratitude and recognition of Abbado’s commitment, the Orchestra Academy subsequently initiated the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize, last awarded to the Italian composer Valerio Sannicandro, who was born in 1971. This concert of the Orchestra Academy will consist of the premiere of a composition by Sannicandro and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Septet op. 20. The members of the Orchestra Academy can be experienced later in the season in three other concerts with diverse programmes ranging from the Baroque era to the present; one concert will include artist in residence Christian Tetzlaff.