Orchestra Academy

Academy

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The Gürzenich Orchestra’s Orchestra Academy fosters young orchestral players and considers itself an international finishing school for talented instrumentalists who prepare here for a professional career after or toward the end of their studies.

Up to 15 exceptional young talents have the chance to experience the daily working life of a leading German symphony and opera orchestra for two years – an ideal transition from studies at a music academy to the musician’s profession.

Members of the Gürzenich Orchestra serve as mentors to the Academy members as they receive their training in daily orchestral life.

The Academy’s training programme includes rehearsals, concerts and opera performances (up to 15 services per month) as well as recordings and tours, regular instrumental and chamber music lessons, workshops and coachings focusing on performance anxiety and improvement of stage presence, audition training, chamber music concerts and masterclasses with soloists of the season.

The training programme runs for two years.

German language proficiency on the A2 or B1 level is required.

The conditions include a monthly salary of €900 gross from the Gürzenich Orchestra, plus €200 monthly stipend and an annual lump sum for reeds and strings from the Orchestra Academy association.

During the training period, members’ instruments are insured by the Gürzenich Orchestra.

Contact:

Orchesterakademie 
des Gürzenich-Orchester Köln e.V.

Daniel Raabe, chairman
E-Mail

Scholarship holders & graduates

Ayane Okabe – Violin

Marina Hermida Rodriguez – Violin

Wan-Jo Lin – Violin

  • Alumni Violin

      • Sophia Riedel (2016 -18)
      • Ayça Akünal (2016 -18)  | 2. Violine Presidential Orchestar Ankara
      • Hsin-Yun Wu (2018 - 20)
      • Hye - Bin Kim (2018 - 20) | 2. Violine Bochumer Sinfoniker
      • Eryu Feng (2018 - 20) | 1. Violine Duisburger Sinfoniker
      • Jeffrey Kok (2020 - 21) | 2. Violine Bergische Sinfoniker

Rica Schultes – Viola

Maialen Eguiazabal Arruabarrena – Violoncello

  • Alumni Viola

      • Clara Zschocke (2016 - 18) | Viola Tiroler Sinfonieorchester Innsbruck
      • Anthony de Battista (2018 - 20)

  • Alumni Violoncello

      • Francesca Fiore (2016 - 18) Tutti-Cello Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino
      • Ah - Yeon Nam (2018 - 20)
      • Emil Riedel (2019 - 21)

Leopold Rucker – Contrabass

NN – Flute

  • Alumni Contrabass

      • Adam Davis (2018 - 20)
      • Daniel López Giménez (2020 - 21)

  • Alumni Flute

      • Pipilota Neostus (2018 - 20) Solo Flute Estonian National Opera
      • Antonia Heyne (2020 - 22) Solo Piccolo Orchestra Staatstheater Kassel

Rees Webster – Oboe

Nikolai Gast – Clarinet

  • Alumni Oboe

      • Jesús Montalvo Horcajada (2016 - 18)
      • Fernando José Martinez Zavala (2018 - 19) | Associate Principal Oboe Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker
      • Ane Lore Ugarte (2019 - 21) | Principal Cor Anglais Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker
      • Luca di Manso (2019 - 21) |  Principal Oboe Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Florence

  • Alumni Clarinet

      • Hyunsang Yoon (2016 - 18)
      • Bálint Gyimesi (2019 - 21) | stellv. Soloklarinette philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz

Victor König – Bassoon

Ku-Hsin Chen – Horn

  • Alumni Bassoon

      • Felix Parlasca (2016 - 18)
      • Ignacio Munoz Francés (2019 - 21)

  • Alumni Horn

      • Stefano Cardiello (2019 - 21)

Han Yuan Chen – Trombone

N.N. – Percussion

  • Alumni Trombone

      • Julius Joachim (2019 - 20) | Solo Posaune Mannheimer Sinfoniker

  • Alumni Percussion

      • Markus Knoben (2016 - 18) | Solo Pauke Bonner Beethovenhalle Orchester
      • Josef Treutlein (2018 - 20) 
      • Uwe Mattes (2020 - 22) | Solo Schlagzeug Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Swantje Wittenhagen – Harp

  • Alumni Harp

      • Anneleen Schuitemaker (2018 - 20) | Harfe Concertgebouw Orkest
      • Daniel Noll (2020 - 22)

Application

Requirements

- 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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