Dual Orchestra Academy in Thuringia

As of the beginning of the 2018/19 concert season there is now an active dual orchestra academy funded by the Free State of Thuringia and run by the Jenaer Philharmonie and the Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen GmbH.

The combination of training in a concert orchestra and an opera orchestra is a unique feature and offers many opportunities for scholarship recipients.

Working together, the two orchestras selected the first group of young musicians to attend the academy: ten string players from seven countries who have completed their higher education and intend to prepare themselves at the academy for careers as professional orchestra musicians. There were spaces for four violins, two violas, two violoncellos, and two basses. The admission procedure included a professional audition. The selected applicants have already formed quartets at each location and will later switch locations in the following season to work with the other orchestra.

The young musicians will have the opportunity to integrate themselves into each orchestra and participate in the rehearsals and performances. While at each orchestra each musician will have a personal mentor who is also a member of the orchestra. The curriculum will be enriched by diverse courses in repertoire studies, chamber music, audition training, coaching, music pedagogy, etc. Additional courses will be held by both principle conductors and the guest conductors and soloists.

Overall, those attending the academy will gain valuable artistic stimulus and personal experience that will significantly foster the start of a successful career. In addition to opera and orchestral concerts, chamber music is an indispensible aspect: the first cohort to attend the Dual Orchestra Academy Thüringen will give public performances on three dates in April 2019.

For more than 80 years, the Jenaer Philharmonie has been a major presence in the cultural life of Jena and the German Land of Thuringia…

In 2001 the Landeskapelle Altenburg and the Philharmonische Orchester Gera merged to form one ensemble that, under the current direction of General Music Director Laurent Wagner, feels a deep connection to the centuries-old musical tradition of both cities…

»We must be young to do great things.«

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe