Awarded for the first time: the Schwarzkopf Composition Scholarship

31 Mar 2021

A very special birthday present: to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe”, which has been supporting the development of young people into politically aware and responsible figures since 1971, board chairman André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf has launched a scholarship for young composers. It will now be awarded annually in cooperation with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and is worth 15,000 euros.

The first recipient of the scholarship in the 2021/22 season is the Armenian composer Hovik Sardaryan, born in 1993, a winner of various international competitions and student of Wolfgang Rihm.  The Schwarzkopf scholarship supports work on a compositional project that will be presented as part of a chamber music concert of the Karajan Academy. In addition, the scholarship holder is given the opportunity to become involved in the life of the Philharmoniker.

“Music is the art form that can most easily transcends borders and bring people together,” says André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf. “In this sense, I am particularly pleased about the cooperation with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.” Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, added: “The fostering of young composers is particularly close to our hearts. We are delighted to be able to extend our commitment to contemporary music over the long term with the Schwarzkopf Composition Scholarship and at the same time to offer another scholarship for the Karajan Academy."

Peter Riegelbauer, manager of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, on the new composition scholarship: “For the Karajan Academy, the new composition scholarship means a valuable expansion and enrichment of its training programme. We are delighted to have attracted Hovik Sardaryan, one of the most interesting composers of the younger generation, and we look forward to performing his new works with the other scholarship holders.”

Hovik Sardaryan
(Photo: Lilia Heil)