(Photo: Uwe Hauth)

The work of the Karajan Academy would not be possible without the support of patrons from the worlds of industry, business and banking. Thanks to them, the Karajan Academy is not only a great success but serves extensively as a model for other orchestral academies. Funding comes from a variety of sources:


The Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker is a donation-funded, non-profit association whose work is supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board. The Advisory Board meeting or General Assembly is held once a year in conjunction with concerts.

Sponsors’ Association

A special role is played by the Sponsors’ Association in which active board members – whose companies donate € 25.000, - per year – lend their support to the academy. The Sponsors’ Association supports the work of the Academy and the Berliner Philharmoniker with exclusive concert attendance and personal contact with the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as with director Andrea Zietzschmann and the orchestral boards.

The Stiftung zur Förderung der Karajan-Akademie (Foundation for the Promotion of the Karajan Academy)

The Stiftung zur Förderung der Karajan-Akademie (Foundation for the Promotion of the Karajan Academy) aims to ensure the long-term financing of the Academy and relies solely on donations. All proceeds from the foundation go to the Association.


Donation account:

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V.

IBAN: DE67 1012 0100 1004 0766 61

Thanks to these contributions, the Karajan Academy allows young musicians up to the age of 25 to participate in a two-year elite training programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker, thus guaranteeing the promotion of excellent young talent for the orchestra. The training programme includes:

  • Participation in rehearsals and concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Individual instrument tuition with principal players of the orchestra
  • Instruction in, and concert performances of chamber music Courses for audition preparation
  • A monthly stipend of € 1050, -

We thank our supporters and sponsors

Axel Springer SE
Burmester Audiosysteme
Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co.KG
Pfizer Pharma GmbH
Siemens AG
Weberbank Actiengesellschaft

Aventis Foundation
Bühler-Bolstorff-Stiftung Berlin
Dorothea Winde-Stiftung
Dr. E.u.E.B. Lohmeyer-Stiftung
Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker
Stiftung Langeluedcky
Stiftung zur Förderung der Orchester-Akademie

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Gerd Dammann and Dr. Uta Dammann
Dr. Horst Dietz
Steffen Gebauer
Dr. Manfred Gentz
Dr. Hans-Michael and Almut Giesen
Klaus A. Heiliger
Lily R. Heiliger
Dieter Mann
Killian Rebentrost
Ralf Schmitz
Ira Schwarz

Special Scholarships:
Eva Besen AO Scholarship (Australian National Academy of Music)
Tokyo Gedai University of the Arts

Siemens Arts Program