The Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden

In memory of the unforgotten Giuseppe Sinopoli and his tireless efforts in support of young musicians, the »Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden« was renamed the »Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden« at a charity concert held on 21st April 2011, the tenth anniversary of his death. This was an important step in ensuring a solid future for the academy, which in the meantime has max. 18 members, enabling growth in the years to come. The Staatskapelle has always seen the nurturing of tomorrow’s musicians as a vital task. Its founding charter of 1548 even contains the stipulation that the older generation must pass on its knowledge to the younger.

Dresden’s College of Music was founded in the 19th century by a member of the Kapelle, while in 1923 music director Fritz Busch was instrumental in creating the »Orchestra School of the Staatskapelle «. Today the young musicians are instructed by experienced members of the Kapelle for a period of two years, which – ideally – will prepare them for a position with the orchestra. The unique sound and musicianship of the Staatskapelle can only be preserved for the years to come by this direct transmission of musical ideals and culture from one generation to the next.

The »Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy« relies solely on private donations and thus needs your continued support!

General information & Vacancies

Scholarship holders of the Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Academy are entitled to four hours of tuition per months by musicians in leading positions of the Staatskapelle Dresden. To acquaint with the special music tradition of the Staatskapelle, every scholarship holder has the opportunity to absolve up to 15 shifts per months in opera or ballett performances as well as in concerts. Scholarship holders receive a basic amount of 615 €, every participation in rehearsals or performances is paid separately. Applicants should not be older than 27 years and should have passed their prediploma or any comparable exam.

Please send your written application to the following address:

Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Akademie der
Staatskapelle Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden

For further information email to info© or call +49 351 4911 340.

Current members

Nora Scheidig, Violin
Christina Voigt, Viola
Fernando Garciá-Baró Huarte, Cello
Jin Kyung Kim, Cello
Mykola Shakhov, Principal Double Bass
Francis Maheux, Double Bass
Eszter Simon, Flute
Martin Bröde, Oboe
Martin Möhler, Clarinet
Felix Amrhein, Bassoon
Hagai Shalom, French Horn
Alexander Schuhwerk, Trumpet
Jonathan Nuss, Trombone
Philip Schunn, Tuba
Isabel Goller, Harp
Johannes Graner, Percussion


The following positions are to be filled:

Audition: 8 February 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Required pieces: 1st mov. incl. Cadenza of a Mozart Violin Concerto as well as a piece of one's own choice

Audition: 18 April 2018, 2 p.m.
Required pieces: Viola Concerto by Stamitz or Hoffmeister as well as one movement from a major Solo Concerto, the Suite by Reger or the Solo Sonata by Hindemith

Date of audition: 13 March 2018, 10:00 a.m. 
Requirde pieces Flute
Mozart: Concerto K 313 or K 314, with cadenzas
Orchestra excerpts Flute
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 
Mozart: The Magic Flute (3 excerpts)
Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
Bizet: Carmen

Orchestral excerpts Piccolo
Mozart: Concerto K 313 or K 314, 2nd movt. 
Mozart: The Magic Flute (Aria of Monostatos)
Rossini: Semiramis

Audition: 29 January 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Requirde audition piece
Vaughan Willams: Tuba Concerto
Orchestra excertps F Tuba
Wagner: Meistersinger Prelude and Prügelszene 2. Act 
Wagner: A Faust Overture
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, La damnation de Faust
Strauss: Thus spoke Zarathustra, 2. Tuba
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Delibes: Coppelia
Orchestra excertps B flat Tuba:
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Wager: Ride of the Valkyries
Wagner: Das Rheingold, Worm motive

Audition: 10 April 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Required pieces: Händel Concerto in B flat major as well as a Solo Piece of one's own choice
Orchestra Excerpts:
Wagner: Tannhäuser, 1. Act, 1. und 2. Scene, Fire Music
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Cadenza; The Nutcracker, Cadenza
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Cadenza
Verdi: La forza del destino, Overture (1. Harp)
Ravel: Tzigane, Cadenza
Semetana: Vyšehrad

Support the Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Academy!

The Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden relies on private donations  and sponsorship funds and thus needs your continued support.

We are looking forward to every kind of donation:

Orchesterakademie der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden e.V.
Commerzbank, BLZ 850 800 00
Konto-Nr.: 04 005 442 00
IBAN: DE88 8508 0000 04 005 442 00

If you are interested in a membership of the Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden, you'll find the enrollment application here.