Nodoka Okisawa, first scholarship holder from 2020 | Picture: Taira Nishimaki

The Siemens Arts Program has been enabling scholarship to a conductor as part of the Karajan-Akademie’s training programme since September 2020. In addition to the regular two-year academy training, the student assists the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko. Conducting their own portrait concert with the Karajan-Akademie Chamber Orchestra in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin is also part of the concept of the scholarship.

Conductor selection procedure 2024

The next Conducting Scholarship will be awarded by a jury on 9 June 2024 at the Philharmonie Berlin. The selection process will be carried out in three stages: Review of the applications, rehearsal work with a chamber orchestra made up of members of the Karajan Akademie and a personal interview to get to know the artist's personality.

All applications will be treated confidentially and reviewed. The jury reserves the right to request additional information from or about the applicant.

By submitting the application, the applicant agrees that the selection process may be recorded on film and in photographs and may be used for the public relations work of the Siemens Arts Programme and the Karajan Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This also applies to the biography and the photo submitted.

Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered. The organisation of accommodation and travel is the responsibility of the applicant.

The jury decides on the selection of applicants at its own discretion. The jury's decisions are final. The jury is also authorised to reject an application without giving reasons.

Andrea Zietzschmann
Simon Rössler
Stefan Dohr
Eva Tomasi
Prof. Dr. Stephan Frucht
Stefan Schweigert

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Siemens Arts Program

The Siemens Arts Program is active in the fields of music, visual arts and cultural education and sees itself as a creative platform for the company’s own arts and cultural projects. It creates innovative projects with outstanding individuals and institutions from the arts and culture scene. 

An important goal of the programme is to promote outstanding young talent worldwide. This is done through self-initiated young talent competitions, scholarships and networking young artists with established international cultural institutions (Bayerische Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall New York, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, ARD International Music Competition).

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