Portrait concert: Oscar Jockel conducts the Karajan Academy

Oscar Jockel (photo: Lucas Jockel)

Oscar Jockel is absorbed in the music – both as a conductor and as a composer: “When I make music, I have the feeling that I no longer exist,” says the conducting scholarship holder of the Karajan Academy and musical assistant to Kirill Petrenko. In this portrait concert, the Regensburg-born composer can show the full range of his skills – with performances of Baroque music, Alban Berg’s touching violin concerto (soloist: Veronika Eberle), Beethoven’s stirring Seventh Symphony and the world premiere of his new composition paths in the sky.

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Oscar Jockel conductor

Veronika Eberle violin

Giovanni Gabrieli

Symphoniae sacrae II: Exaudi me Domine

Oscar Jockel

paths in the sky for 5 orchestra groups (Premiere)

Alban Berg

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “To the Memory of an Angel” (arr. Faradzh Karaev)

Veronika Eberle violin

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

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Oscar Jockel

“When I make music, I have the feeling that I no longer exist,” says the young German conductor and composer Oscar Jockel. He is currently Kirill Petrenko’s conducting assistant with the Berliner Philharmoniker and conducting scholar at the  Karajan Academy for two years, after winning the Siemens Conductors Scholarship during the conducting competition at the Philharmonie Berlin in October of 2021. Jockel was also appointed assistant conductor with Ensemble intercontemporain and its music director Matthias Pintscher at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2021. He studied with Paavo Järvi and his father, Neeme Järvi, at the Järvi Conducting Academy in Estonia in 2018 and received a Conducting Seminar Fellowship of the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons and Stefan Asbury in 2019. Oscar Jockel became a scholarship holder in the Conductors Forum, the support programme of the German Music Council, in 2021. He received the Herbert von Karajan Prize in 2023 for his achievements as a composer and conductor. During the 2022/23 season, he was invited to appear as guest conductor with the Easter Festival in Salzburg, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bruckner Festival in Linz, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Veronika Eberle (photo: Felix Bröde)


“Sometimes I feel like a chef.” Oscar Jockel in conversation