mco academy

Since 2009, the MCO Academy has offered an educational model that provides young musicians with a high quality orchestral experience and a unique platform for networking and international exchange. In addition to audition training, individual coaching and orchestral playing, the Academy also includes chamber music workshops which emphasize the MCO’s characteristic chamber music approach to music-making. Complemented by a mentoring programme, career talks and further activities, the Academy fosters creative and independent thinking and offers a comprehensive and modern approach for professional musicians of the 21st century.

The MCO Academy was founded in collaboration with the Orchesterzentrum│NRW in Germany and has grown to include partner institutions from five countries. This project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of NRW, Germany. Partnering concert halls are the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Kölner Philharmonie and Philharmonie Essen. For more information about the Academy, please click here.


To get in touch about the MCO Academy, please contact Miriam Hoffmann at +49 30 41 71 79 – 18 or by e-mail at miriam@mahlerchamber.com


INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

The MCO Academy centers around an annual orchestra project in Germany and may involve further activities throughout the year. An application for the MCO Academy is linked with enrollment at one of our partner institutions:

  • Orchesterzentrum | NRW (including its partner conservatories in Cologne, Detmold, Düsseldorf and Essen)
    Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC)
    Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)
    Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
    Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (FJC)

If you are a student at one of the institutions mentioned above and would like to apply for the MCO Academy, please get in touch with the administration at your institution directly to learn more about the application process. Auditions are held at these institutions once a year and are sometimes combined with coaching by members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. All Academy students are selected by the MCO.


After participating in the MCO Academy, highly qualified students may be offered an Academy scholarship to play with the MCO on a regular tour.


The next MCO Academy project, with MCO Artistic Partner Isabelle Faust under the direction of conductor Omer Meir Wellber, will take place in November 2017. Auditions will be held in summer 2017.


PROJECTS

2017
2017

Project 9

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber

Violin Isabelle Faust 

Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 1 in D major
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto

2017 | October
2017 | October

Complementary Programme

Activities including:
Chamber music workshop
Chamber music concert at Orchesterzentrum | NRW

2017 | April
2017 | April

Complementary Programme

Activities including:
Coaching and mentoring with MCO tutors
Workshop on self-marketing and social media 


  • Enjoying Sectional Rehearsal

    © Sonja Werner

  • Enjoying Sectional Rehearsal

    © Sonja Werner

  • Chamber music rehearsal with Delphine Tissot

    © Sonja Werner

  • Enjoying Sectional Rehearsal

    © Sonja Werner

  • individual lesson with Christian Heubes

    © Sonja Werner

  • Sectional Brass Rehearsal with Matthew Sadler

    © Sonja Werner

  • between Rehearsals with Tim Summers

    © Sonja Werner

  • Relaxing during the Break

    © Sonja Werner

  • Career talk with members of the MCO

    © Sonja Werner

  • Rehearsing Mahler 2 with Daniel Harding

    © Sonja Werner

  • VIola Talk with Yannick Dondelinger

    © Sonja Werner

  • Concert at Konzerthaus Dortmund

    © Petra Coddington

  • With Christiane Karg and Bernarda Fink

    © Petra Coddington

  • Applause for the Choir

    © Petra Coddington

  • Jam session in Essen (2015)

    © Geoffrey Schied

  • Last words before the concert (2015)

    © Geoffrey Schied

  • Question time with Heinz Holliger (2015)

    © Geoffrey Schied

  • Project with Heinz Holliger (2015)

    © Geoffrey Schied

  • chamber music at domicil Jazzclub (2015)

    © Geoffrey Schied

  • Rehearsal with Peter Eötvös and Martin Grubinger (2014)

    © MCO

  • Concert in Cologne (2014)

    © MCO

  • Exchanging Thoughts (2013)

    © Heike Fischer

  • Concert with Esa-Pekka Salonen und Vilde Frang (2012)

    © Petra Coddington

  • Project with Pierre Boulez (2011)

    © Petra Coddington

  • Praise for MCO Academy Brass (2011)

    © Petra Coddington

  • After the concert with Pierre BOulez (2011)

    © Petra Coddington

  • Anticipating the rehearsal

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Very first rehearsal of the first MCO Academy

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Harding and Stravinsky

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Rehearsing Stravinsky's 'Sacre du Printemps'

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Rehearsing Stravinsky's 'Sacre du Printemps'

    © Georg Schreiber

  • MCO Trombones

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Focusing on 'Sacre du printemps'

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Rehearsing at Orchesterzentrum NRW

    © Georg Schreiber

  • Rehearsing at Orchesterzentrum NRW

    © Georg Schreiber

  • At Orchesterzentrum NRW

    © Georg Schreiber

PARTNERS

SUPPORTERS

SCHOLARSHIP HOLDERS

2009

Maria Beatrice Cantelli, Flute

Nora Matthies, Cello

2010

Andrei Simion, Cello

Nieke Schouten, Oboe

2012

Esther Piñol Grifols, Harp

Javier Molina Parra, Horn

Solange Joggi, Violin

Ye-Young Hwang, Violin

2013

David Schumacher, Bassoon

Rafael Sars, Percussion

Sergio Miñana Miñana, Horn

Yoshie Benten, Oboe

2014

Alejandra Rojas Garcia, Bassoon

Amy Roberts, Oboe

2015

Daniel Tellez Gutierrez, Trombone

Rainer Saville, Trumpet

2016

Ben Newton, Viola

Noemí Gonzalez Medina, horn

Stefano Rossi, Horn