An early taste of the work of an orchestral musician, taking part in recording sessions and concerts, and shaping the proper attitude of an orchestral musicians are just a few benefits that participants get from taking part in the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy. Music students and graduates who choose to attend can also learn how to get ready for auditions and how to effectively manage their artistic careers. Participants keep in close touch with Sinfonia Varsovia section leaders, sometimes enjoying tutorship from special guests who lead masterclasses and train them in non-musical subjects.
The Sinfonia Varsovia Academy is seasonal and every edition is different. They share a common goal: training young musicians for orchestra work. Participants are recruited through an audition process. To audition, applicants must have Polish citizenship and be under 26. For more information on the next edition, click here.
The first edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia Academy took place in 2012 and was the first initiative of its kind in Poland. Inspired by the academy affiliated with the Berlin Philharmonic’s orchestra, we created a space for young instrumentalists who want to pursue playing in an orchestra professionally. It also gave Sinfonia Varsovia as an institution the chance to instill its orchestral ethos in a new generation of musicians. The Academy’s program includes individual and group classes where concertmasters and section leaders share their experience and knowledge with students. Concerts and recording sessions are also important parts of the curriculum. So far, they have enabled Academy attendees to perform on stage with such artists as Charles Dutoit, Valery Giergiev, Lorin Maazel, Krzysztof Penderecki and Maxim Vengerov.
Many Academy graduates have gone on to work at leading Polish cultural institutions, such as the National Forum of Music, the Poznań Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic, and Sinfonia Varsovia.