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

Sunjoo Hong, Violin
Seika Koike, Violin
Elsa Klockenbring, Violin
Michail Kanatidis, Violin
Ito Sae, Viola
Haeun Park, Viola
Sofia von Freydorf, Cello
Indi Stivín, Double bass
Beatriz Soares, Flute
Anja Tritschler, Oboe
Moritz Pettke, Bass clarinet/2nd Clarinet
Aurelius Benedikt Voigt, Bassoon
Liu Yang, Horn
Henrike Genieser, Trumpet
Maximilian Winter, Bass Trombone/2nd Trombone
Dominik Nuß, Tuba
Nils Kochskämper, Percussion
Shiho Minami, Harp



The following positions are to be filled:


Audition date: January 29, 2020, 10 a. m.

Mandatory pieces:
J. Delécluse: Kreiskleiriana Nr. 1 (snare drum)
B. Lylloff: »Etude for Snare Drum«, Arhus No. 9 (snare drum)
O. Sommerfeldt: Music for one Percussion Player (Xylophone)
R. Hochrainer: Etüde Nr. 56/ Heft 1 (Kettledrum)
H.-J. Bayer: Pflichtstück op. 5 (Kettledrum)

Orchestra excerpts (from: Orchester-Probespiel für Pauke/ Schlagzeug; Gschwendtner/ Ulrich, SCHOTT 1993): 
Diebische Elster (snare drum)
Bolero (snare drum)
Les Noces (Xylophone)
Kammermusik Nr. 1 (Xylophone)
Zauberlehrling (Glockenspiel)
Dornröschen (Glockenspiel)
Fidelio (Kettledrum)
Lohengrin (Kettledrum)


Audition date: February 19, 2020, 1.30 p.m.

Mandatory piece:
W. A. Mozart: 1st movement (incl. Cadenza) of a concerto

and a piece by choice


Audition date: February 26, 2020, 10 a.m. 

Mandatory piece:
R. Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto

Orchestra excerpts F-Tuba:
R. Wagner: »Meistersinger«, Vorspiel und Prügelszene 2nd act 
R. Wagner: »Eine Faust-Ouvertüre«
H. Berlioz: »Symphonie fantastique«
H. Berlioz: »La damnation de Faust«
R. Strauss: »Also sprach Zarathustra« (2nd Tuba)
R. Strauss: »Ein Heldenleben«
L. Delibes: ballet »Coppélia«

Orchestra excerpts B-Tuba:
S. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 B flat Major op.100
R. Wagner: »Walkürenritt«
R. Wagner: »Wurm-Motiv« from »Das Rheingold«

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.