ANAM International Academy Program


Since 2009, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Academy has offered an educational model that provides young musicians with 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 emphasise the MCO’s characteristic chamber music approach to music-making.

Orchestral instrumentalists from the following training Academies are invited to audition in April each year for the MCO Academy: Orchesterzentrum | NRW, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC), Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (FJC), and current musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

Musicians at ANAM in 2020 will be eligible to apply for the MCO Academy’s programs in December 2020 and January 2021. Auditions for both programs are via audio/visual recording for ANAM musicians, performing a set list of orchestral excerpts and set work/s. Successful candidates from ANAM are offered financial support towards flights and accommodation to assist with meeting the cost of participation. This opportunity is generously supported by the Ursula Hoff Institute.

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Generously supported by Naomi Milgrom and Harold Mitchell, ANAM facilitates a two-year position for a current ANAM musician or alumni to attend the Karajan Academy on full scholarship and with a living stipend. Recent participants include Harry Bennetts (violin) 2016-2018, and Riley Skevington (violin) was appointed the position in 2018 until mid-2020.

Auditions for the next position will be held in early 2020 for commencement in Berlin in September 2020. Eligible musicians and alumni aged 27 years or under at 1 September 2020 are encouraged to apply.

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Generously supported by Jane Hansen, ANAM facilitates a two-year position for a current ANAM musician or alumni at the Orchestra Academy of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Johnny van Gend (violin) was the inaugural recipient of this position in 2019.

Auditions for the next position will be held in early 2021 for commencement in Munich in September 2021. Eligible musicians and alumni aged 25 and under at the time of commencement are encouraged to apply. 

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For further information about these international academy programs, and the application process, please contact ANAM Musician Coordinator Laura Holian

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