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Julius Stern Institute at Berlin University of the Arts

The Julius Stern Institute at Berlin University of the Arts is one of Germany’s oldest institutions for the advancement of highly talented young musicians. The former Stern Conservatory, which owed its existence to the engagement of the Jewish conductor and music educator Julius Stern, became part of Berlin University of the Arts in 1966. Its successful education program for young musicians has made it one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe. Recent graduates include the cellist Alban Gerhardt, the violinist Viviane Hagner and the pianist Severin von Eckardstein.

At the Julius Stern Institute pupils from schools of general education receive a musical education until they are old enough to be accepted for regular music studies at the University of the Arts. They are taught by renowned professors and teachers from UdK with a wealth of experience in teaching gifted children and young people. Students receive ninety minutes of individual tuition a week during term time in their main instrument or in singing. They also attend compulsory classes in music theory and aural training. Entrance examinations are held once a term. In addition to their individual tuition the students also have opportunities to work with an accompanist and to play chamber music as well to participate in orchestral projects with the institute’s own chamber orchestra.

Regular public concerts – whether as part of concert series, evening recitals at the university or national and international music festivals – enable junior students to gain experience and confidence in performing in front of an audience and to prepare themselves in a practice-oriented way for a future musical career. The junior students have been supported for many years by the European Friends of Julius Stern Institute.