Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

About the Orchestra Academy

Orchesterakademie © BR\Astrid Ackermann

The BRSO Academy is one of the most sought-after institutions of its kind internationally – with a special feature: the scholarship holders live and study together for two years under one roof in a specially equipped building in the north of Munich, with living, practice and teaching rooms. Through a selection process, highly talented musicians from all over the world receive a scholarship – and ultimately a springboard for their career.

Orchesterakademie © BR\Astrid Ackermann


The Orchestra Academy offers young musicians a sound, two-year training for a career in an orchestra. The comprehensive preparation for the profession is reflected in the various training contents:

  • Participation in rehearsals and concerts of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • 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.
  • Mental and physical coaching as well as yoga for musicians
Akademiekonzert © Alescha Birkenholz


The academy students receive a monthly stipend of EUR 650 during their time at the academy. They live free of charge in single flats in the academy building, with access to practice, rehearsal and common rooms.

Life in the academy building

Admission conditions

The Orchestra Academy has a total of 18 training places to offer. An audition decides on admission. The documents (CV, photo, references, certificates) are to be submitted exclusively via the application platform muvac. The maximum age at the time of admission to the academy is 26 years.

To the application platform muvac

Successes of the graduates

200 young people overall have completed the two-year postgraduate programme and look back on their time in the Academy with great enthusiasm.

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”.

Graduates of the Academy have engagements with renowned orchestras in Germany and abroad, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Fifteen of them won auditions at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Successes of the scholarship holders