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 four 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.
Any donation to support the orchestra academy is most welcome. To receive a contribution receipt please name your full address on your transfer order.
Orchesterakademie des Gürzenich-Orchesters Köln e.V.
IBAN: DE91 3705 0299 0000 4562 27
des Gürzenich-Orchester Köln e.V.
Daniel Raabe, chairman
- age limit: 27 years at the beginning of the academy
- proof of instrument insurance
- certificate of enrollment
Auditions only on invitation
Concert with Peter Eötvös
In May 2021 the great conductor, composer and pedagogue Peter Eötvös is among the Gürzenich Orchestra’s featured guests. At the Philharmonie, he will conduct the German premiere of his work »Siren’s Song«; on the same programme, the violinist Isabelle Faust plays the violin concerto »Alhambra« by Iannis Xenakis.
Together with the orchestral academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Eötvös will rehearse a chamber music programme featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, György Ligeti and himself. The performance takes place at the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum in Cologne on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 6 pm.