The RSB Orchestra Academy for young string players can look back on 17 years of successful work.
Founded in 2002 by the orchestra’s friends and supporters, it has since enabled students and graduates of the disciplines of violin, viola, cello, and double bass, who are not older than 26 years, to gain experience in orchestral playing for two years.
In doing so, they are not only supported by the entire circle of colleagues, but are individually looked after by mentors, who assist them with advice, deeds and constructive criticism in order to allow them to grow cautiously into the everyday life of an orchestral musician.
RSB receives applications from many countries of the world for the 13 seats in the academy. The best candidates qualify as scholarship holders of the academy in an audition and soon enrich the RSB with their personalities and their skills. They complete rehearsals, recordings, and concerts like their regular colleagues and work out an excellent basis for their future work as a professional musician. Many former scholarship holders will later find their permanent job in the RSB or other notable orchestras. The academy time for them is an important step towards the future area.
Members of the season 2019/2020
Mentors of the RSB Orchestra Academy
Principal 2nd Violin
Nadine Contini - Principal 2nd Violin
Nadine Contini, principal second violin, has been a member of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since March 2005.
She was born in 1979 in Saarbrücken and received her first violin lessons at the age of 5 years with Ms Christa Schmitt-Rink. Later she studied under Ulrieke Dierick. In 1996 she was admitted to the Pflüger-Stiftung Freiburg and the Spohr-Akademie for the promotion of highly gifted young violinists, where she was trained by Wolfgang Marschner and Ariane Mathäus. In 2000, she began her studies at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Antje Weithaas, where she graduated with the concert exam of 2008. She attended master classes with Antje Weithaas, Wolfgang Marschner, Christian Tetzlaff, Guy Braunstein, and Boris Pergamenchikov.
Nadine Contini has won awards in numerous competitions: In 1998, she was awarded with the first “Young Musicians” federal prize. In addition, she received a second prize at the International Max Reger Competition and a special prize for the best interpretation of a solo work by Max Reger. In 2004, she won the competition of Ibolyka-Gyarfas-Stiftung. She was awarded with prizes for cultural promotion by the Casino Gesellschaft Saarbrücken and the Saarländischen Rundfunk. In addition, she was the prize winner and scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Landesjugendorchester of Saarland, the Cairo Chamber Orchestra, the Cairo Opera Orchestra, the Deutsche Spohr Philharmonie, the Symphonieorchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks as part of the concerts of young artists, the Max Bruch Philharmonie and the Brandenburger Symphoniker.
Nadine Contini plays a violin made by master violinmaker Stefan-Peter Greiner from Bonn and is involved as a mentor in the orchestra academy of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Assistant Principal Viola
Assistant Principal Cello
Hermann F. Stützer
Principal Double Bass
Contact & Application
The academy currently provides 13 seats for string players (maximum age: 26 years).
The academy musicians receive a monthly stipend of 700 euros during the two-year training.
The selection is carried out through an audition.
For general information
Christian Schwärsky | Orchestra Office
Dorothea Groß | Orchestra Office
tel +49 (0) 30 202 987 520/521
Registration for audition
tel +49 (0) 30 202 987 581