We are very excited that scholarship programme of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble is starting again now!

The last year has been full of challenges for everyone, but especially for young musicians trying to enter the professional world. The Academy audition was among the first events to be cancelled in March 2020 and had to be postponed several times since. Having all this in mind, we are more than happy to continue with our Academy work now. After having received more than 200 applications, several audition rounds took place – first online and the last one finally in person.

In the end, four excellent candidates were selected to receive a scholarship for the next two years, starting now in September:

Barbara Köbele, violin (Germany)
Laura Esther Riverol Mitchel, violin (Cuba / Netherlands)
Ana Dunne-Sequi, viola (Spain / UK)
Victor García García, violoncello (Spain / Netherlands)



About the scholarship programme: The two-year scholarship programme of the Balthasar Neumann Academy accompanies exceptional music students on their way into life as working musicians. They receive financial support and training in the use of their instruments and are given a grounding in historical performance practice and in chamber and orchestral playing. The Academy plans individual workshops (on such themes as musicians’ rights, concert presentation, programme planning) for the recipients of scholarships, and these “scholars” also attend master classes to perfect their instrumental technique and expression. Selected tours and opera projects of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble enable scholars to broaden and deepen their orchestral experience.