Call for Application

10 Years of Cuban-European
Youth Academy

The Cuban-European Youth Academy (CuE)  is an innovative exchange and training program of the Balthasar Neumann Academy for young musicians from Europe and Cuba. They are working together in transatlantic orchestra projects and workshops and are taught by renowned teachers. As a complement to the training in their own country, they get to know a new culture of music and work.

10 Years of CuE: Project at the Rheingau Musik Festival

This year the Cuban-European Youth Academy (CuE) celebrates its 10th birthday!
To celebrate this jubilee, the Balthasar Neumann Academy invites former participants of the CuE as well as newly interested musicians to a project consisting in different chamber music programmes and a big orchestra program directed by Thomas Hengelbrock.

Preparation for the concerts includes not only rehearsals on the relevant works, but also workshops and courses on original instruments, music history from Cuba and Europe and getting to know the different cultures. Individual lessons and group rehearsals with experts in the respective instruments complement the academy.


  • The project will take place from 30.06. – 13.07.2024 in Berlin and Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Selected musicians are invited to take part in the project after having passed an audition.

  • The focus will be to work on the orchestra program as well as a chamber music program as listed below with members of the Balthasar Neumann Orchestra.

  • The program is partly carried out with the approach of historical performance practice and period instruments as long as the parts require it.


  • Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin / Andrea Rognoni, violin / Igor Karsko, violin
  • Pablo de Pedro, viola
  • Christoph Dangel, violoncello
  • Diego Zecharies, double bass
  • Carles Cristóbal Ferran, woodwinds / Victor Aviat, woodwinds
  • Moritz Görg, brass
  • Veith Kloeters, percussion



Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Orchestra

Chamber Music:

Works for different chamber music formations


07.07.2024 / Kloster Eberbach (chamber music night)
11.07.2024 / Kurhaus Wiesbaden (orchestra concert)


Cuban-European Youth Orchestra | Balthasar Neumann Orchestra
Musical Direction: Thomas Hengelbrock

Financial Support

Participation in the Academy project is free of charge.
The Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble e.V. will also cover:

  • travel expenses

  • accommodation

  • a daily allowance of EUR 50 / day

Application Deadline: 29.02.2024

This call for applications is addressed to interested music students up to the age of 28, with experience in orchestral playing, chamber music and with interest in an international project.


Musicians can apply for the following instruments:

Violin / Viola / Cello / Double bass

Flute, also Piccolo –  please indicate in your application if you are also able and willing to play the piccolo
Oboe, also English Horn – please indicate in your application if you are able and willing to play both instruments
Clarinet, also bass clarinet – please indicate in your application if you are able and willing to play also bass clarinet

Horn / Trumpet / Trombone, Bass Trombone / Tuba


Auditions will be held online. Detailed information regarding the repertoire and the video requirements can be found here.


Please submit your application with the following documents until 29.02.2024:

  • CV (including contact details, instrument, date of birth, photo)

  • letter of motivation

  • the video audition file

as an email to:

If you have questions, please contact Franziska Luther:
or +49 40 360 361 815

Project Partners

The Balthasar Neumann Academy was founded by Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Ensembles. The transatlantic project is carried out in cooperation with international project partners and with the support of numerous institutions and individuals:

Rheingau Musik Festival | Deutsche Botschaft Havanna | Oficina del Historiador de la ciudad de La Habana | Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana | Universidad de las Artes