Since 2002, students from string classes have been able to take their first steps in a professional symphony orchestra in the RSB Orchestra Academy. Under the guidance of personal mentors from the circle of colleagues thay get to know orchestral life from the inside, playing along with the established musicians at rehearsals, concerts and recordings, and thus experiencing what it is like to work with international conductors and soloists. The Academy currently envisages 13 places, and applications are invited from students from all over the world. The applicants, who should be no older than 26, qualify for their two years at the Academy in auditions. In this way they come a step closer to their future as orchestral musicians. Once a year it is possible to hear the Academy members in an RSB chamber concert, which they play either alone or together with their mentors, alternating each year. Work in the Academy is highly instructive, on many levels, for the fellowship holders and also offers their mentors an opportunity to pass on their theoretical and practical experience.


Elisabeth Eftimova

Elisabeth Eftimova Germany

Xenia Gogu

Xenia Gogu Moldavia

Maria Hamela Redecilla

Maria Hamela Redecilla Spain

Grace Lee

Grace Lee South Korea

Ferdinand Ries

Ferdinand Ries Deutschland

Davit Khachatryan

Davit Khachatryan


Yasin Gündisch

Yasin Gündisch Germany

Emre Akman

Emre Akman Turkey

Giulia Wechsler

Giulia Wechsler Switzerland


Josephine Bastian

Josephine Bastian Germany

Laure Le Dantec

Laure Le Dantec France

Laure Le Dantec

Laure Le Dantec France


Krzysztof Mickiewicz

Krzysztof Mickiewicz Poland

Heidi Rahkonen

Heidi Rahkonen Finland

Mentors of the RSB Orchestra Academy

Anna Morgunowa / Violin
Nadine Contini / Violin
Gernot Adrion / Viola
Ringela Riemke / Cello
Hans-Jakob Eschenburg / Cello
Hermann F. Stützer / Double bass



› Bomi Song is 22 years old, from Switzerland, who played in the Orchestra Academy from May 2016 to September 2017.

How did you come to the RSB Orchestra Academy, and what is your experience of its work?

I really wanted to get into an orchestra academy, and in that context I have always been especially interested in radio broadcasting orchestras: I can imagine being in one later in my professional life. I had already studied in Berlin before this, and I liked the RSB a lot, so I put in an application. I find collaboration with the colleagues here very enjoyable, I have been well accepted, and I have already developed some good friendships among the other students of the academy. I very much enjoy working with the various conductors and with my mentor Anna Morgunowa, and I think it is marvellous getting to know so much new repertoire.

How do your mentors work with you?

We have individual teaching sessions about twice a month, where we work on various matters, naturally with an emphasis on the sort of things you need in orchestral life, e.g. preparation for auditions, and sight-reading of the complicated parts of any works we are currently playing. We can ask for advice at any time, in particular as far as auditions are concerned – because naturally these are the most important thing for us as up-and-coming professional musicians.

How was the joint chamber music concert with your colleagues in the Academy?

The preparation was great fun but also very difficult, as we didn't know each other before and very different things make us tick, musically. But above all, we didn't know the string quintet by George Onslow that we had to play, which was a real hurdle to cross. But with time and the help of our teachers we reached a common denominator, and the concert was even better than all the rehearsals. We were so pleased about that.

How often do you play in the RSB?

It is about half the workload of a full place in the orchestra, but it varies each month, in agreement with our colleagues. Normally, it's possible to combine one's studies and the academy without any problem, and I think it's very worthwhile to do both at the same time. I am learning a lot about myself and my playing in the RSB and I would advise everyone in my situation to apply to an orchestral academy, not only to make progress musically but also to learn about interpersonal cooperation in a professional orchestra.


› Anna Morgunowa, trained in her home country, Russia, has played in the first violins of the RSB since 1995, and has been a mentor in the Academy since 2009.

What prompted you to become a mentor for the Orchestra Academy?

When I was asked whether I would do it, I had got to know many teaching methods from colleagues already, and in addition, I had played in various positions in several orchestras since I was 19. So I felt that I had gathered sufficient insights and experience to try and do it. And it has worked out fine!

What approach do you take to the work with your three academy students?

They get teaching as regularly as possible; I don't force anyone but I do advise them to use the opportunity. I try to incorporate as many aspects as possible into my teaching, which is also dependent on the individual in question, of course. Some are very shy, and I try to give them more confidence, some want to take things by storm, and I attempt to slow them down a bit. Up until now, I have got the impression that they were all satisfied. I am delighted when one of them plays his or her way to an orchestral place, and I hope every one of the academy members here at the RSB will achieve that. We don't do all our audition training for nothing, after all!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing you can give the young musicians for the future?

The desire to make music! If I see that someone has the tendency to sit through things as mere duty, I try to explain straight away that it's not acceptable here. Sometimes the young colleagues are temporarily overwhelmed by what happens in an orchestra, and then I am able to buoy them up again. My teaching motto is: “It always has to sound like a violin!”

Does your work as a mentor help you with your own playing at all?

Yes, absolutely! We are all constantly looking out for ways to do things better. It keeps you fresh, having to deal with young people!

Contact & Application

Tha Academy currently provides 13 places for string players (maximum age: 26 years).
The academy students receive a monthly stipend of 700 euros during the two-year training.
The selection is made by audition.

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
- Orchesterakademie -

Masurenallee 8-14
14057 Berlin

For general information:
Orchestra Office, Christian Schwärsky/Dorothea Groß
Phone: +49 (0) 30 202 987 520/521

Sign up for audition:
Sara Smet
Phone: +49 (0) 30 202 987 581