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Karajan Academy and Siemens Arts Program to award Siemens Conductors Scholarship

“I’m very much looking forward to this very special partnership and to an intensive exchange of knowledge with Siemens,” said Peter Riegelbauer, manager of the Karajan Academy and double-bass player in the Berliner Philharmoniker. “The Siemens Arts Program’s artistic and cultural expertise combined with Siemens’ international prominence and its commitment to excellence as a corporate value are a superb fit for the Karajan Academy and will enhance the competition.”
By sponsoring the Siemens Conductors Scholarship, Siemens and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy are jointly focusing on fostering outstanding emerging conductors. This scholarship will be granted to the winner of an international conducting competition with three rounds of opportunities for the candidates to demonstrate their abilities. A high-caliber jury will select a winner and provide the chance to kick off an international career.
“The Siemens Arts Program attaches great importance to sustainably fostering the development of up-and-coming young artists,” said Stephan Frucht, member of the jury and artistic director of the Siemens Arts Program. “We want to give outstanding emerging talent a platform that enables these gifted individuals to develop their musical skills in the world’s top concert halls. Building on Ernst von Siemens’ historic commitment to the musical arts, our partnership with the Karajan Academy promises an eventful competition of superlative quality.”  
In addition to Peter Riegelbauer and Stephan Frucht, the members of the competition’s jury will be jury chairman Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker; Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker; Annette Mangold, director of artistic planning of the Berliner Philharmoniker; Pamela Rosenberg, former general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker and member of the Karajan Academy’s Board of Trustees and Stanley Dodds, second violin of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The competition repertoire will include the following works, among others:
1.    Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Köchel catalog (KV) 550
2.    Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, op. 72a
3.    Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55, the “Eroica”
4.    Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, op. 33
5.    Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
6.    Stravinsky, Concerto in E flat “Dumbarton Oaks”
7.    Rihm, Chiffre II: Silence to be beaten
Conductors from around the world who are no older than 35 years of age and have preferably completed higher education may apply for a chance to participate in the competition. More information on the Siemens Conductors Scholarship and the competition procedure are available at:
The Siemens Arts Program is active in the fields of music, visual arts and cultural education and sees itself as a creative platform for Siemens’ own arts and cultural projects. One of the program’s important goals is fostering the development of outstanding emerging talent worldwide. This is done by initiating competitions for emerging talent, offering scholarships and putting young artists in touch with established international cultural institutions (Bayerische Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall New York, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, ARD International Music Competition). For more information on the Siemens Arts Program, please visit:

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