The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy was founded in the summer of 2018. The main objective of the academy is the artistic training of young musicians through individual private lessons, chamber music, audition preparation and orchestral training through work within the orchestra.
The second group of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy students from Austria, the USA, Chile, Spain, Germany, Latvia, Hungary and Romania is beginning its training in Vienna.
Chairman Daniel Froschauer and CEO Michael Bladerer are looking forward to the new installment of this two-year training program. 'The primary goal is the artistic training of young musicians, aged 18-27, through individual lessons, chamber music, orchestral playing, and audition preparation. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic accompany the academy students as teachers and mentors. The students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the orchestra's specific style of playing, its long-standing traditions, variety of interpretation and distinctive sound while working with the greatest conductors and most renowned soloists and performing on tour. During the two-year training program, the young musicians are familiarized with all facets of the profession.'
The academy students are also given the opportunity to take advantage of all the orchestra has to offer, becoming acquainted with the 'Philharmonic Idea' of self-governance, the guest conductor system, and all other artistic areas. Under the motto of 'Music in Society', lectures, discussions and meetings with outstanding personalities from the fields of culture, politics, business, science and sports will take place in order to expose students to the broad spectrum of Viennese culture.
The Vienna Philharmonic medical program 'Performing Arts Medicine' is also available to academy students.
Also as part of the 'Music in Society' program, special emphasis will be placed on music and social responsibility, with a planned trip to Theresienstadt in order to focus on the responsibility of artists and musicians in the larger humanitarian context.
Chamber Music Concerts performed by the academy students will take place as follows:
Gustav Mahler Society - 29 November 2021
Melk Abbey - 22 January 2022
Brahms Hall - 4 May 2022
The artistic direction of the academy belongs to double bass player and Vienna Philharmonic CEO Michael Bladerer: 'The Academy should provide give and take. Our orchestra can benefit from the energy of the young, and the young can in return learn from our experience.'
Here is a list of the new group of academy students:
Violin: Lucas Takeshi Stratmann, USA
Violin: Robert Amadeo Sanders, USA
Violin: Sandra Seržāne, Latvia
Viola: Jannis Hoesch, Germany
Violoncello: Bence Temesvári, Hungary
Double bass: Carlos Aguilar Vargas, Chile
Flute: Theresia Prinz, Austria
Oboe: Katharina Kratochwil, Austria
Clarinet: Petra Liedauer, Austria
Bassoon: Traian-Petroniu Sturza, Romania
Horn: Thomas Johannes Steinwender, Austria
Trombone: Alberto Bonillo Losa, Spain
Trumpet: Bernhard Bittermann, Austria
Further information: www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/en/orchestra-academy
Posted 8 October 2021 by Ron Boling