14th Moritzburg Festival Academy: August 4 - 16, 2019

The Moritzburg Festival, under the artistic direction of the cellist Jan Vogler, is one of the most significant chamber music festivals in the world. Launched in 2006, the Moritzburg Festival Academy under the direction of violinist Mira Wang enjoys a reputation as a place of excellence delivering focused musicality and inspirational creativity at their highest. Every year, young musicians from all over the world are chosen to participate in the Academy and form the international Moritzburg Festival Orchestra. All participants benefit from a full scholarship and from the guidance of internationally renowned Festival soloists, who give an essential impulse to their artistic development in the idyllic setting of the Moritzburg Castle.


For the first time in 2019, the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra will perform with both the artistic director of the Festival Jan Vogler and the Academy’s director Mira Wang. Under the baton of Josep Caballé Domenech, 37 musicians will play several concerts in prestigious venues in Dresden, Moritzburg, Bad Elster and throughout the region. One further highlight will be the Long Night of Chamber Music in the Lutheran Church of Moritzburg where the talented youngsters present themselves in many different ensembles. 

Every participant - regardless of social or financial background - benefits from a full scholarship. Therefore, we're always looking for music enthusiasts who will contribute to this ambitious education programme by uniquely adopting one of the young talents. 

How to apply

The application process for this year's Academy  (August 4-18, 2019) is closed.

From January 2020 on, you can apply for the 15th  Moritzburg Festival Academy on muvac.com.


Music students aged between 16 and 26 years in following groups of instruments:

  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Flute
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Timpani
  • Piano (for chamber music only)
Full scholarship

For participants of the Moritzburg Festival Academy we provide:

  • Full board and accommodation
  • Free individual coaching of Moritzburg Festival Artists
  • All music
  • The Moritzburg Festival will reimburse travel costs upon presentation of original receipts according to the following distribution pattern up to the maximum amount of:

    Germany: €100
    Austria, Czech Republic, Poland: €150
    Remaining European Countries: €250
    Non-European Countries: €500


2019 Academy Jury

Nicholas Cords (Viola)
Johannes Dengler (French Horn)
Thomas Jahn (Oboe)
Daniel Ottensamer (Clarinet)
Richard O'Neill (Viola)
Marina Piccinini (Flute)
Christian Poltéra (Cello)
David Seidel (Bassoon)
Dominic Seldis (Double Bass)
Antti Siirala (Piano)
Jan Vogler (Cello)
Kai Vogler (Violin)
Mira Wang (Violin)

2019 Faculty

Lawrence Power (Viola)
Christian Poltéra (Cello)
Jan Vogler (Cello)
Mira Wang (Violin)
Guy Johnston (Cello)
Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Josep Caballé Domenech (Winds)
Antti Siirala (Piano)
Esther Hoppe (Violin)
Kai Vogler (Violin)
Zhe Li (Violin)


2019 Orchestra Repertoire

A. Vivaldi: Concerto für 2 Celli and Strings in G minor, RV 531
A. Piazzolla: Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (for Orchestra & Solo violin)
L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60
W. A. Mozart: Overture "Don Giovanni", K 527
G. Rossini: Overture "L'italiana in Algeri"


Chambermusic repertoire from classic to contemporary