Karajan Academy - Learn from the pros

Former students of the Karajan Academy can be found everywhere, whether in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Radio France, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras – and of course the Berliner Philharmoniker. “Learn from the pros” is the motto of the Academy. Founded in the early 1970s by Herbert von Karajan and funded by private donors, highly talented young musicians are taught by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and are prepared for the life of professional orchestral musicians. A commitment that bears abundant fruit: today, around one-third of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker are former students of the Academy.


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Herbert von Karajan’s idea was appealing: With the Karajan Academy, an institution was created in which young, well-trained graduates can receive the best possible preparation for the profession of orchestral musician. Both in classes and working together with long-standing and experienced members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the students learn the particular style and the sound ideal of the orchestra. More than just learn it, they internalize it. However, the training goes far beyond that: According to Peter Riegelbauer, double-bass player of the Berliner Philharmoniker and head of the Karajan Academy, the young instrumentalists get a sense of what it means to be a “complete musician”, who not only work intensively on their own development, but also learn to widen their experience and meet the world with a thirst for knowledge and open eyes.

You can gain an impression of the skills of the new generation of orchestra members in their concerts in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie. In addition to this concert series, the scholars of the Karajan Academy are also soloists in the monthly Carte-blanche series with free admission in the Chamber Music Hall.

Upcoming academy concerts

Tuesday,

04 Oct 2022,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Tue 04 Oct 2022, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Monday,

24 Oct 2022,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Mon 24 Oct 2022, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Studierende aus baltischen Ländern Ensemble

Stanley Dodds conductor

Baiba Skride violin

Works by Maija Einfelde, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks and Justė Janulytė

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Saturday,

05 Nov 2022,
19:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy | Series: KA – Karajan Academy

Sat 05 Nov 2022, 19:00
Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sakari Oramo conductor

Sophie Pardatscher clarinet

Works by Jean Sibelius, Aaron Copland, György Ligeti and Alberto Ginastera

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Wednesday,

23 Nov 2022,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Wed 23 Nov 2022, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Sunday,

11 Dec 2022,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy | Series: KA – Karajan Academy

Sun 11 Dec 2022, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Thielemann Dirigent

Camilla Nylund Sopran

Works by Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, John Adams and Robert Schumann

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Thursday,

12 Jan 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Thu 12 Jan 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Sunday,

29 Jan 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy | Series: KA – Karajan Academy

Sun 29 Jan 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Blex Dirigent

Camilla Tilling Sopran

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Ludvig Irgens-Jensen and Gustav Mahler

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Sunday,

05 Feb 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Sun 05 Feb 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Christian Blex conductor

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Christian Blex conductor

Camilla Tilling soprano

Works by Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Gustav Mahler

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Tuesday,

07 Feb 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Tue 07 Feb 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Sunday,

12 Mar 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy | Series: KA – Karajan Academy

Sun 12 Mar 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Ton Koopman Dirigent

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Tuesday,

14 Mar 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Tue 14 Mar 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Monday,

15 May 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Mon 15 May 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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Sunday,

28 May 2023,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy | Series: KA – Karajan Academy

Sun 28 May 2023, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Susanna Mälkki Dirigentin

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Klavier

Works by Igor Strawinsky, György Ligeti and Hovik Sardaryan

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Tuesday,

20 Jun 2023,
17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Karajan Academy

Tue 20 Jun 2023, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall

Carte blanche

Stipendiat*innen der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

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