Support

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 Association

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 Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as with director Martin Hoffmann and the orchestral boards.

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

The Stiftung zur Förderung der Orchester-Akademie (Foundation for the Promotion of the Orchestra 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.


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 € 950, -