Berlin Philharmonic names two Israeli candidates

The orchestra has named the two winners of its Huberman Scholarship, who will join its academy.

The two are both Israeli violinists – Ori Wissner-Levy, 25 (pictured), and Ohad Cohen, 25.


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photo: Foppe Schut

press release:

Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker vergibt Huberman-Stipendium

Das Huberman-Stipendium der Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker wurde 2008 unter der Schirmherrschaft von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in Erinnerung an den polnisch-jüdischen Violinisten Bronislaw Huberman ins Leben berufen. Im Sinn seines Namensgebers unterstützt es die deutsch-israelische Begegnung auf künstlerischer und menschlicher Ebene. Das Huberman-Stipendium richtet sich an junge israelische Musiker/innen bis 27 Jahre, die bereits eine Hochschulausbildung für ein Orchesterinstrument absolviert haben und die israelische Staatsbürgerschaft besitzen. Diese bewerben sich auf eine der offenen Stellen der Orchester-Akademie um das Huberman-Stipendium.

Unter der Leitung des philharmonischen Geigers Alessandro Cappone sowie des Stimmführers der zweiten Geigen Christophe Horak fand am 19. April in Jerusalem ein Probespiel mit Anwärtern für ein Huberman-Stipendium der Orchester-Akademie statt. Zwei junge Geiger gingen als Gewinner hieraus hervor, Ori Wissner-Levy (25 Jahre) und Ohad Cohen (25 Jahre).


Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker Awards Huberman Scholarship

The Huberman Scholarship of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker was established in 2008 under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in memory of the Polish-Jewish violinist Bronisław Huberman. The aim of the scholarship is to promote German-Israeli understanding on an artistic and personal level in the spirit of its namesake.

The Huberman Scholarship is open to young Israeli musicians under the age of 27 who have completed a degree from a university or conservatory in an orchestral instrument and hold Israeli citizenship. They are eligible to apply for the Huberman Scholarship for one of the vacancies in the Orchestra Academy.

Auditions for applicants for a Huberman Scholarship from the Orchestra Academy were held in Jerusalem on 18 April, conducted by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, first violinist Alessandro Cappone and principal second violinist Christophe Horak. Two young violinists were chosen as winners: Ori Wissner-Levy and Ohad Cohen, both age 25.

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  • Too bad that they wouldn’t consider violinists of other nationalities, no matter how talented. German guilt runs strong.

    • “German guilt runs strong.”

      And that would be appropriate when the wrong was large.

      Guilt can be a valid reason to do something. Guilt is a natural result of the recognition that a wrong has been committed. It is a sign of self-awareness rather than self-delusion.

  • How wonderful for both young Israeli violinists! Such experience can change their lives. Great idea to have created the Huberman Foundation to promote better relationship between both countries. The world needs more initiatives like it.

  • what a lot of nonsense about why this, why not this. Lets rejoice for these two formidable musician and the great opportunity they get from the Huberman foundation and the Berliner Philharmonic!

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