Siemens Conductors Scholarship for the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Nodoka Okisawa is the first scholarship holder
(Photo: Taira Nishimaki)

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

First scholarship holder: Nodoka Okisawa

Nodoka Okisawa from Japan, a graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin and winner of the 2019 Besançon International Conducting Competition, is the first scholarship holder of the Karajan Academy to be supported by the Siemens Conductors Scholarship of the Siemens Arts Program. She has been working with the musicians of the Academy since September 2020 and sees herself, as she says, “first and foremost as a colleague of the scholarship holders, not so much as a conductor who tells the others what they have to do. We learn from and inspire each other.”

Conducting competition from 22 to 24 October

A competition will decide who will receive the next scholarship. From 22 to 24 October 2021, the Karajan Academy will hold a conducting competition, in which the candidates can demonstrate their abilities, lasting several days in three selection rounds at the Philharmonie Berlin for the Siemens Conductors Scholarship.

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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