BRSO Academy – Training Programme

All in all more than 180 young people have completed the two-year postgraduate programme and look back on their time in the Academy with great excitement. They consider it to have been “a tremendous opportunity to work with the best conductors and soloists, to go on tours and to make lots of discoveries”. Others emphasise that it was “an extremely important period of musical and personal development”.

Lorin Maazel (c) BR/Sessner
An Orchestra Academy concert with the Bavarian RSO under Lorin Maazel, Ingolstadt, 1994.

The comprehensive professional preparation is reflected in the broad range of the training programme: students participate in rehearsals and concerts of the Bavarian RSO, take lessons with its members, study works of chamber music and present them in public recitals. Mental coaching is also part of the programme.

Academy graduates have found jobs with leading orchestras in Germany and abroad, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Hamburg PO and the London Symphony. Thirteen of them have successfully landed in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.


The Orchestra Academy has 18 spots available for trainees. They are divided among the instrument families as follows:

4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses

1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet (German system), 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, 1 French horn, 1 trombone

1 timpani/percussion

Acceptance into the programme is decided by audition. All application materials (curriculum vitae, photograph, grade reports, certificates) must be submitted via the application platform .

The maximum age for applicants is 26 years at time of acceptance.


The training period lasts two years altogether. During this time Academy participants receive a monthly scholarship of EUR 650 as well as free lodging in the Academy Building.


Participants receive individual lessons from members of the orchestra.

Special emphasis is placed on the performance of chamber music. Participants form ensembles in order to study the chamber repertoire and play it in recital.

Participants have the opportunity to take part in rehearsals and concerts of the Bavarian RSO.

The goal of the training programme is to prepare participants to audition for a spot in an orchestra. Mental and physical coaching form part of the programme.

Life in the academy building

During the training period participants live in single-room apartments in the Academy Building with access to practice and rehearsal rooms.