In memory of the unforgotten Giuseppe Sinopoli and his tireless commitment to young musicians, the "Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden" was renamed the "Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden" at a benefit concert on 21 April 2011 to mark the tenth anniversary of Sinopoli's death.
This was an important sign for the continuation and expansion of the orchestra academy, which now consists of up to 18 members.
The training of young musicians has always played a special role for the Staatskapelle. The orchestra's founding charter from 1548 already stipulates that the older generation must pass on its knowledge to the younger generation.
In the 19th century, a chapel musician founded the Dresden Conservatory, and in 1923 Fritz Busch established the "Orchestra School of the Saxon State Orchestra".
Today, the young musicians are taught by experienced band musicians during their two-year training period and - ideally - prepared for an engagement in the Staatskapelle.
It is this intergenerational transmission of aesthetic ideas that ensures that the Staatskapelle's unique playing and sound culture will be preserved for the future.
General Information & Vacancies
Scholarship holders of the Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy are entitled to four hours of tuition per month by musicians in leading positions in the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. In order to be introduced to the special music-making tradition of the Staatskapelle, each scholarship holder is assigned up to 15 services per month in the areas of opera, ballet and concert.
As remuneration, scholarship holders receive a base amount of €615, while participation in rehearsals and performances is remunerated separately.
Applicants must not be older than 27 years at the time of entry into the academy and should have an intermediate diploma or comparable certificate.