To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the “Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe”, chairman André
Schmitz-Schwarzkopf has launched a scholarship for young composers, which will now be awarded
annually in cooperation with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Schwarzkopf
composition scholarship is worth a total of 15,000 euros.
The first award winner in the 2021/22 season is the Armenian composer Hovik Sardaryan [pictured], born in 1993.
The scholarship is for work on a compositional project that will be presented at a chamber music concert
of the Karajan Academy. In addition, the scholarship holder is given the opportunity to become involved
in the life of the Philharmoniker. André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf: “Music is the art form that can most easily
transcends borders and connects people. In this sense, I am particularly pleased about the cooperation
with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.”
Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, added: “The fostering
of young composers is particularly close to our hearts. We are delighted to be able to extend our
commitment to contemporary music over the long term with the Schwarzkopf Composition Scholarship
and at the same time to offer another scholarship for the Karajan Academy.”
Peter Riegelbauer, manager of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, on the new
composition scholarship: “For the Karajan Academy, the new composition scholarship means a valuable
expansion and enrichment of its training programme. We are delighted to have attracted Hovik Sardaryan,
one of the most interesting composers of the younger generation, and we look forward to performing his
new works with the other scholarship holders.”
The non-partisan “Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe” was founded in 1971 by Pauline
Schwarzkopf. The purpose of the foundation is to support the development of young people into politically
aware and responsible figures. The focus is on strengthening the idea of European unification and peace
and pan-European international understanding as well as combating right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism
and racism. The Schwarzkopf Foundation is an educational institution recognised by the Federal Agency
for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung).
The Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker dates back to an initiative by Herbert von Karajan,
who in the early 1970s had the idea of organising the training of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s future
orchestral talent in an academy. This form of institutionalised support was an innovation at the time. For
the first time, outstanding young musicians who were receiving a first-class higher education, but which
is mostly orientated towards the solo repertoire, were offered the opportunity to hone their skills in a
community of top musicians such as the Berliner Philharmoniker. Under the supervision of teachers from
the ranks of the orchestra, the young musicians receive tuition both individually and in the field of chamber
music, and are integrated into orchestra rehearsals and concerts, thus gaining indispensable experience
for their careers, learning the professional discipline of a world-class orchestra and concert routine in the
best sense of the word.