Orchestra Academy


It's about the future of our symphony orchestras

Daniel Raabe

Read the interview with Daniel Raabe and Josef Treutlein

The Gürzenich Orchestra’s Orchestra Academy supports young orchestral talent and regards itself as an international talent workshop for gifted instrumentalists who subsequently or towards the end of their studies are prepared for their professional career.

Besides rehearsals, concerts, performances, recordings and tours in one of the most distinguished German symphony and opera orchestras (up to 15 services per month), the training comprises regular instrumental and chamber music teaching from members of the orchestra, workshops and coaching services to handle fears of performing and improve stage presence, as well as chamber concerts. The students are supported by mentors from the orchestra. The training lasts two years. The notice period for termination is 4 weeks.

The conditions include a monthly salary of 900 gross from the Gürzenich Orchestra, plus 75 monthly stipend and an annual lump sum for reeds and strings from the Orchestra Academy association. The academy scholars themselves bear the costs of their health insurance.


des Gürzenich-Orchester Köln e.V.

Daniel Raabe, chairman

Members 2019/20

  • Eryu Feng - Violin

      Eryu Feng, born in China in 1995, studied violin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 2005 to 2014. Twice, he received a scholarship from the Conservatory and was concertmaster of the Youth Chamber Orchestra China. Since 2014 Eryu Feng has been studying with Michael Vaiman at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. He won several prizes in competitions in China and was most recently awarded the Second Prize at the 13th International Carl Flesch Violin Competition as well as a Second Prize at the Internal Chamber Music Competition of the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. Numerous master courses, for example the International Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and the »Talent Music Summer« in Brescia, Italy, have rounded off his education.

  • Hsin-Yun Wu - Violin

      Hsin-Yun Wu was born in Taiwan in 1995 and began taking violin lessons at the age of five. In 2011 she started her studies at the Wu-Lin High School. From September 2013 to June 2017 she studied with Yair Kless at the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, where she completed her bachelor studies with honours. In 2018 she began to study with Mikhail Ovrutsky for a master’s degree at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. In September 2019 Hsin-Yun Wu joined the Gürzenich Orchestra’s Academy.

  • Hye-Bin Kim - Violin

      Hye-Bin Kim, born in Essen in 1995, received her first violin lessons at the age of six. At 14, she enrolled in the junior division at the Robert Schumann Music Academy in Düsseldorf, where Alexander Kramarov was her teacher. She then continued her studies with Ariadne Daskalakis at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance, interspersed with a semester at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Simon Fischer. She won prizes at the nationwide level of the »Jugend musiziert« competition and gathered orchestral and ensemble experience in school and academy orchestras, at »Studio Musikfabrik« and in the Montepulciano Chamber Orchestra led by Christoph Poppen. She has also participated in numerous master courses given by Ingolf Turban, Petru Munteanu and Mi-Kyung Lee, among others.

  • Anthony De Battista - Viola

      A native of Australia, Anthony De Battista began studying violin at the age of six before moving on to the viola at the age of 13. His completed his bachelor’s degree with Roger Benedict at the Sydney Conservatory. During this time he was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and performed regularly with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. He has participated in numerous master courses, for example with Eberhard Feltz, Wolfram Christ, Emile Cantor and the Amaryllis Quartet. In 2016 Anthony De Battista moved to Germany to take up his master studies under Andra Darzins and Manuel Hofer. He has played with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Junge Oper Stuttgart, and has been a member of the Academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne since September 2018.

  • Ah-yeon Nam - Violoncello

      Ah-yean Nam received her first cello lessons at the age of six. She has won numerous competitions in Korea. This past year, she gave a solo recital at the Kumho Hall in Seoul and performed with the Royal Symphony Orchestra and the Incheon Symphony Orchestra. Ah-yeon Nam completed her studies at the Seoul Arts Academy and at the National University of Seoul, where her teachers included Lee Jung Ran, Lee Suk Jung and Hwang Sojin. She is currently a student of Johannes Moser at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and a member of the Academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne.

  • Jonathan Riedel - Violoncello
  • Adam Davis - Bass

      Adam Davis was born in Chicago in 1992 and began playing double bass at the age of ten. Having first studied computer sciences and worked as a software developer, he moved to Germany in 2018. Ever since, he has studied double bass with Veit-Peter Schüßler at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. Adam Davis has played with numerous orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

  • Antonia Heyne - Flute

      Antonia Heyne erhielt ihren ersten musikalischen Unterricht im Alter von vier Jahren. Nach ihrer schulischen und musikalischen Ausbildung am Sächsischen Landesgymnasium für Musik „Carl Maria von Weber“ Dresden begann sie 2016 ihr Bachelorstudium an der Hochschule für Musik Dresden in der Klasse von Stéphane Réty. Derzeit setzt sie das Studium an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main in der Klasse von Stephanie Winker fort. Orchestererfahrungen sammelte sie unter anderem im Bundesjugendorchester, der jungen norddeutschen philharmonie und bei ensemble reflektor. Antonia Heyne wurde mit dem Deutschlandstipendium und einem Stipendium der Pestalozzi-Stiftung Frankfurt am Main gefördert und erhielt beim Lions Musikpreis 2018 einen ersten Preis. Wertvolle Impulse erhielt in Meisterkursen von Jelka Weber, Wally Hase und Emmanuel Pahud. Seit der Spielzeit 2019/20 ist sie Akademistin im Gürzenich-Orchester Köln.

  • José Martinez Fernando Zavala - Oboe

      José Martinez Fernando Zavala, born in 1992, began his career as a musician at the age of 12. Since 2011/12 he has been studying with Nick Deutsch at the Leipzig Music Academy Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In 2015 he also took up studies with Dudu Carmel in Israel, where he worked as principal oboist at the Israel Chamber Orchestra until 2018. He has participated in events such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival and has played as principal oboist with various orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatsoperette Dresden. In September 2019 he joined the Academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.

  • Bálint Gyimesi - Clarinet

      The clarinettist Bálint Gyimesi, born in Pécs, Hungary, is currently a master student at the Frankfurt am Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where Laura Ruiz Ferreres is his teacher and where he already completed his bachelor’s degree with honours in 2018. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received a scholarship of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in 2018. He received important musical impulses during master courses with Angelika Merkle, Philippe Berrod and Charles Neidich as well as the Early Music Courses in Urbino, Italy, where he studied with Lorenzo Coppola. Ever since, Bálint Gyimesi has also played historical instruments. He joined the Academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. 

  • Ignacio Muñoz Francés - Bassoon

      Ignacio Muñoz was born in Murcia (Spain) in 1995. He studied bassoon at the Superior School of Music of Barcelona with Salvador Sanchís. In 2019, he completed his master studies with Tobias Pelkner in Detmold. Various masterclasses with Mor Biron, Juan Sapina and Amrei Liebold complemented his education. He was a member of various young orchestras such as the Young Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Young Symphony Orchestra of Madrid. He also collaborated with professional orchestras such as the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Murcia Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he played orchestral internships in the Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie.

  • Stefano Cardiello - Cornet
  • Julius Joachim - Trombone

      Julius Joachim grew up in in Hessen and is currently in his 7th semester of bachelor studies in trombone at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, where Christian Sprenger is his teacher. Previously, he studied with Werner Schrietter at the Karlsruhe Music Academy for five semesters. He is a member of the brass ensembles Genesis Brass and Hessen Brass as well as a member of the trombone quartet Slide’n’Bone. He has gathered orchestral experience at the Neue Philharmonie München, the Bielefeld Philharmonic and at the Kassel Staatstheater, where he was associate principal trombone on a limited contract. In 2017 he won a fellowship from the International Richard Wagner Society. Since March 2018 he has been a regular member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Julius Joachim joined the Gürzenich Orchestra’s Academy with the 2019/20 season.

  • Daniel Noll - Harp
  • Josef Treutlein - Percussion

      Josef Treutlein, born in Bamberg in 1996, received his first percussion lessons at the age of six. After studying with Markus Verna from 2010 onwards, he has been a student with Marta Klimasara and Jürgen Spitschka, among others, at the Stuttgart Music Academy since 2014. He was influenced by master courses with Peter Sadlo as well. He received a First Prize at the International Marimba Competition in 2008; in 2016 he won a Second Prize at the Marimba Competition of Italy PAS. He plays chamber music with this percussion duo Akzent. Solo performances have taken him to the Bamberg Chamber Orchestra and the Würzburg Philharmonic, among others. Josef Treutlein joined the Gürzenich Orchestra’s Academy in September 2018.



- age limit: 27 years at the beginning of the academy
- proof of instrument insurance
- certificate of enrollment

Auditions only on invitation

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