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:

How you can support us

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.

Karajan alumni enjoy the following benefits:

  • Invitation to rehearsals, classes and concerts
  • Two free tickets for one Academy concert per season
  • One invitation per season to a reception in the backstage area after a concert
  • Exclusive rehearsal visit with the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Receipt of a regular newsletter with information exchange
  • Free access to the Digital Concert Hall for selected concerts

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) aims to ensure the long-term financing of the Academy and relies solely on donations. All proceeds from the foundation go to the Association.

Private individuals and/or companies can specifically sponsor a scholarship place, thus financing a scholarship-holder's two-year training at the Karajan Academy. As part of the sponsorship, which costs 25,000 euros per year of training, the sponsors can participate in the development of the scholarship-holder.

They receive free admission to the Academy concerts and the concerts in the Carte blanche series. Personal meetings with the scholarship-holder, visits to lessons, and private house concerts are also part of the sponsorship. A concert visit to the Berliner Philharmoniker in the box of honor at the Philharmonie Berlin followed by a "meet and greet", as well as a seat on the board of trustees of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, are guaranteed by the sponsorship.

Donation account:

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V.

IBAN: DE67 1012 0100 1004 0766 61

Support measures

Thanks to these contributions, the Karajan Academy allows young musicians up to the age of 25 to participate in a two-year 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
COPRO Beteiligungs GmbH
Siemens AG
Weberbank Actiengesellschaft

Aventis Foundation
Bühler-Bolstorff-Stiftung Berlin
Dr. Dorothea Winde-Stiftung
Dr. E.u.E.B. Lohmeyer-Stiftung
Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung
Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker
Stiftung Langeluedcky
Stiftung zur Förderung der Karajan-Akademie

Christian Lewandowski
Dr. Horst Dietz
Dr. Manfred Gentz
Dr. Haike und Dr. Jan Deepen
Dr. Hans-Michael und Almut Giesen
Klaus A. Heiliger
Kilian Rebentrost
Marc Müller

Special Scholarships:
Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
Tokyo Gedai University of the Arts

Siemens Arts Program