Berlin Phil Schwarzkopf Composition Scholarship Awarded

Armenian Composer Hovik Sardaryan received the first annual scholarship worth 15,000 euros

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Presented in cooperation with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, the scholarship was launched by André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf, chairman of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary. 

The prize will support one of Hovik Sardaryan's chamber music compositions — which will be presented in a concert by the Karajan Academy. He will also have the opportunity to work with the Berlin Philharmonic. 

“Music is the art form that can most easily transcend borders and bring people together,” said Schmitz-Schwarzkopf in a statement. “In this sense, I am particularly pleased about the cooperation with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.” 

“For the Karajan Academy, the new composition scholarship means a valuable expansion and enrichment of its training program,” added Peter Reigelbauer, manager of the Karajan Academy. “We are delighted to have attracted Hovik Sardaryan, one of the most interesting composers of the younger generation, and we look forward to performing his new works with the other scholarship holders.”