Siemens Conductors Scholarship for the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our young talent development program through a new collaboration with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

October 2021: Conductors Competition at Philharmonie Berlin

In collaboration with the Karajan Academy, we are organizing a 3-day-competition at Philharmonie Berlin from October 22 – 24 of this year. The winner will receive a scholarship as part of the 2-year academy training. This includes assisting the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker Kirill Petrenko, as well as conducting his or her own portrait concert with the chamber orchestra of the Karajan Academy in the Chamber Music Hall of Philharmonie Berlin.

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Nodoka Okisawa

The first scholar: Nodoka Okisawa

Nodoka Okisawa is the first conductor we are supporting under this scholarship program. The talented Japanese is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Tokyo and Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. In 2019, she won the International Conducting Competition in Besançon.


Since September 2020, she has been working alongside Kirill Petrenko as well as the musicians of the academy. In the process, she learns as much from the other scholars as they do from her.


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