Amsterdam and Munich Orchestra Academies to participate in unprecedented exchange

The orchestra academies of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich will be participating in an exchange for the benefit of a number of young musicians in May and June 2019. Never before have two orchestra academies – institutions founded by leading orchestras in order to train young musicians themselves – collaborated in this way. Experiencing the inner workings of other orchestras is a unique opportunity for these young musicians.

From 21 May to 2 June, violinist Coraline Groen and cellist Victoria Constien of the RCO Academy in Amsterdam will be visiting the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The two will be performing a chamber music concert at a castle with a programme featuring Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D 956. The Academy students will also be playing in the orchestra for a week, rehearsing and giving concerts under the direction of conductor Herbert Blomstedt.

Two Academy students from Munich will be arriving in Amsterdam on 11 June for the last twelve days of the Academy season. Here they will have lessons with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and rehearse and perform works by Glanert, Tchaikovsky and Smetana with the orchestra under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.

On 21 June, the German Academy students will be attending the ceremony during which their Amsterdam-based colleagues will be presented with their certificates. Joel Ethan Fried, Artistic Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, says, ‘The RCO Academy helps gifted young musicians make the transition from student or recent graduate to professional orchestral musician. They have lessons, participate in masterclasses, are trained in audition techniques, movement and posture, and give chamber music concerts. The most important activity they undertake, though, is participating in the orchestra’s own rehearsals and concerts.

Now, for the very first time, Academy students from the Concertgebouw Orchestra are being given the chance to play in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for over a week, and two Academy students from the orchestra in Munich will be playing in rehearsals and on concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

This is sure to make their Academy experience all the more interesting and meaningful. These young musicians are learning how another leading orchestra works – how rehearsal techniques, the sound culture, the performance traditions and concert-giving differ from one institution to another. The Concertgebouw Orchestra is proud of this new collaboration with one of Europe’s four leading orchestras.’