Conducting competition from 22 to 24 October 2021

The next recipient of the scholarship will be decided by a competition organised by the Karajan Academy at the Philharmonie Berlin from 22 to 24 October 2021 The candidates for the Siemens Conductors Scholarship have the opportunity to show their skills in three selection rounds. Everything you need to know about the application procedure, repertoire and the competition process can be found on this page.

Three-day selection process

Ten young conductors have been chosen from almost 200 applicants for the globally advertised scholarship to conduct in the three-day selection process from 22-24 October 2021. The winner will receive a 2-year scholarship to the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, which includes conducting his or her own portrait concert.

Public Finale

The winner of the selection process for the Siemens Conductors Scholarship will be chosen in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin on Sunday, 24 October 2021.



Carlos Agreda
Nationality: Colombian / Residence: USA

Carlos Agreda champions versatility and variety. His repertoire ranges from opera and choral music to contemporary and Latin American music. He has already worked with various orchestras in Europe, Latin America and the USA and was a fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where Yannick Nézet-Séguin was his mentor.

Clara Maria Bauer
Nationality: Austrian / Residence: Austria

Clara Maria Bauer’s great passion is contemporary works and music by composers who, due to their gender or religion, are almost ignored by music history. She has already conducted the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Viennese male choir the Schubertianer, and worked as conducting fellow of the Bergische Symphoniker.

Christian Blex
Nationality: German / Residence: Germany

Christian Blex has been studying under Ole Kristian Ruud and Sigmund Thorp at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo since 2019. Since the spring of 2020, he has been a member of the Norwegian conducting development programme Dirigentløftet. In March 2021, he was accepted into the support programme of the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council. He has taken master classes with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko and Hannu Lintu with the Stavanger and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras.

Taichi Fukumura
Nationality: Japanese / Residence: USA

Taichi Fukumura is associate conductor of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director of Chicago's Northwestern Medical Orchestra and a founding member of the Accompanietta Orchestra (Chicago). He has also conducted members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra's Community Chamber Concert Series.  In 2021, he received the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S.

Dionysis Grammenos
Nationality: Greek / Residence: Greece

Dionysis Grammenos made his conducting debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has worked with the Canadian Opera Company, the Cameristi della Scala, the Festival Strings Luzern and soloists such as Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili and Daniel Ottensamer. In 2008, he won 1st prize at the European Young Musicians Competition of the European Broadcasting Union. He is the founder and director of the Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra, with whom he performed in Berlin at Young Euro Classic.

Oscar Jockel
Nationality: German / Residence: Germany

Oscar Jockel has worked as assistant conductor and conductor with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the Klangforum Wien, among others. He was conducting fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and was accepted this year as a scholarship holder of the German Music Council's Dirigentenforum. He also won an Aspen Conducting Prize as a conducting fellow of the American Conducting Academy.

Sora Elisabeth Lee
Nationality: South Korean / Residence: France

Sora Elisabeth Lee won numerous prizes as a pianist before deciding to pursue conducting. She studied under Bruno Weil at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Another teacher was Alain Altinoglu at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. She is also interested in choral conducting and lied accompaniment. She has conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Munich Symphony Orchestra and many others.


Haoran Li
Nationality: Chinese / Residence: Germany

Haoran Li is the winner of the 5th International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest. In 2018, he won the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France Prize and the Audience Prize at the 4th International Yevgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Paris. He has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has also assisted conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck and Charles Dutoit.

Friedrich Praetorius
Nationality: German / Residence: Germany

Friedrich Praetorius is chief conductor of the Wendland-Sinfonieorchester and co-founder and artistic director of the Junge Mitteldeutsche Kammeroper. He has already worked with the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. He has been a scholarship holder of the Dirigentenforum of the German Music Council since 2021.

Isabel Rubio
Nationality: Spanish / Residence: Spain

Isabel Rubio is assistant conductor of the Spanish orchestra Vigo430 and the Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Granada. She has also conducted numerous other Spanish orchestras and has been a guest at international music festivals in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Estonia. She has won three conducting competitions in Spain and was a semi-finalist in the Guido Cantelli Competition in Italy. She received valuable inspiration from master classes with Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, John Carewe, Dima Slobodeniouk and Leonid Grin, among others.


W. A. Mozart
Symphonie Nr. 40 g-moll (2. Fassung, Bärenreiter)

L. v. Beethoven
(Breitkopf & Härtel)
Leonoren-Ouvertüre Nr. 3 C-Dur, op. 72

Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur, op. 55 »Eroica« (Bärenreiter)

P. I. Tschaikowsky
Variationen über ein Rokoko-Thema A-Dur, op. 33 (Fitzenhagen, Kalmus)

C. Debussy
Prélude à lʾaprès-midi dʾun faune (Bärenreiter)

I. Strawinsky
Concerto in Es »Dumbarton Oaks« (Schott)

W. Rihm
Chiffre II    Silence to be beaten (Universal Edition)




Kirill Petrenko
Andrea Zietzschmann
Stanley Dodds
Prof. Dr. Stephan Frucht
Annette Mangold
Peter Riegelbauer
Pamela Rosenberg

Conditions of competition

By submitting the application, the applicant accepts the participation and competition conditions, and that the decision of the preliminary jury and the jury is binding. Legal recourse is excluded.

All applications will be treated confidentially and verified. The competition management reserves the right to request additional information from or about an applicant.

By submitting the application, the applicant agrees that all competition rounds may be recorded on film and photographed, and used for the public relations work of Siemens Arts Program and the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The applicant agrees that his/her biography and photo may be used for public relations purposes by Siemens Arts Program and the Karajan Academy.

Travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered. The candidate is responsible for organising his/her own accommodation and travel.

 The selection committee decides on the selection of the applicants at its own discretion. The decisions of the selection committee are final. The competition management is also entitled to reject an application without giving reasons.