Orchestra Academy

RSB Akademisten 2021/22, Foto: Simon Pauly

An experience for life

To be a professional musician in an orchestra – this is the dream of many students. While personal playing skills and solistic interpretation are part of their studies, students usually lack practice in playing with large ensembles or orchestras. At the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), the Orchestra Academy for Strings was established in 2002 by the orchestra’s friends and supporters.

Since then, every two years, 13 scholarships have been awarded to young musicians under the age of 26. The students apply from all over the world for these scholarships. Once they have arrived in the orchestra, they enrich the diversity of the

How does the Academy work?
Academy members get assigned to orchestral duties and play side by side with their colleagues in rehearsals, concerts and tours, as well as on CD recordings. They each have a permanent mentor in their section. These mentors
support the academists with advice and constructive criticism, they give lessons and pass on their personal experience.
The academy members are thus strengthened as artistic individuals, but above all they experience how it is to work as part of an artistic community. Regular workshops outside the actual musical repertoire complete this training. For example, they learn about preparing rehearsals, the dramaturgy of concert programs, communicating music to children and adults, and musician’s health. Once a year, the members of the Orchestra Academy give a chamber recital. The time with the RSB can be a real kcikstart for the career of many members of the academy. They earn positions in renowned national and international ensembles – in some cases during their time at the academy – and can start their professional lives in a strengthened position, in some cases even at the RSB itself.

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), Foto: RSB

Former academy members

and current RSB members report


“In chamber music, you do learn how to play

and interact as an ensemble, but the ability to blend  into a group sonically

 – that you can only learn by playing in an orchestra.

 And the academy offers you this opportunity!”

Juliane Färber, 2nd violin


“Only the orchestra academy in a professional orchestra gives aspiring

musicians an insight into the profession they are working towards.

Only by attending a conservatory, you will never know whether the profession will be what you imagine it to be.”

Andreas Kipp, violoncello


“The excellent workshops are a great opportunity, that, for example,  help you to reduce your stage frightand to improve a healthy posture while playing both solo and in the orchestra .”

Richard Polle, 1st violin

Members season 2021/2022

Mentors of Orchestra Academy

Anna Morgunowa


Nadine Contini

Stimmführerin 2. Violine

stellv. Solobratschist Gernot Adrion

Gernot Adrion

stellv. Solobratschist

Alejandro Regueira Caumel


Ringela Riemke

stellv. Solocellistin

Hans-Jakob Eschenburg


Hermann Stützer Kontrabassist

Hermann Wömmel-Stützer


Contact and application

The academy currently has 13 places for string players (maximum age: 26).
We currently have no places available, applications can be sent to
Annette Maria Stoll (e-mail: bewerbung@rsb-online.de)
to be sent to her.

Orchestra Academy

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Masurenallee 8-14
14057 Berlin

E-mail orchesterakademie@rsb-online.de

For general information

Christian Schwärsky | Orchestra Office
Dorothea Groß | Orchestra Office
Phone +49 (0) 30 202 987 520/521