The newly created Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy will offer the best of orchestra academy experience to seven academists, an excellent orchestral education in Luxembourg over a 2 year period starting in September 2021. It combines performing under outstanding conductors, working with brilliant musicians and an extensive programme of coaching, chamber music projects and workshops.
- Performing in concerts, recordings and tours as a member of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg during 20 weeks per season
- Mentoring sessions with your personal mentor and other members of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
- Tailor-made coaching sessions and workshops (Alexander technique, yoga, stress management etc.)
- Participating in chamber music projects and private concerts
- Audition training to prepare your further career
- Indemnity of 1.397,32 €/month
- Housing facilities in a newly renovated house that accommodates all academists in the heart of Luxembourg City
- Health insurance
- Participation certificate
- Free public transportation in Luxembourg
You are eligible to apply if you are 27 years old or younger on the day of the audition and hold a Bachelor’s degree (or are in the final year of a BA programme).
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As a supporting member of the LPOA you will be fostering the education of talented young musicians and the development of the Academy itself. You will receive information about the activities of the charitable association and will be invited to the annual members’ assemblies, during which your vote will help shape the Academy’s future.
Martyna Kaszkowiak, violin
Martyna Kaszkowiak was born in 1997. She started playing the violin at the age of six in the class of Janusz Gajownik. She finished her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow, where she studied with professor Wiesław Kwaśny. Throughout her education, she became a laureate of many national and international competitions, such as the National Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Competition in Zielona Góra in 2015 (third prize), International Violin Competition Young Paganini in Legnica in 2015 (third prize), National Violin Competition in Cieszyn in 2016 (first prize), Chamber Competition for Instrumental and Vocal Duets in Katowice in 2019 (second price) and Chamber Music Competition KraCamera in Cracow (second prize, together with Arbor-Quartet) in 2021. She attended several master classes taught by Zakhar Bron, Krzysztof Śmietana, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Remus Azoitei, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Ilya Kaler, Linus Roth, among others. In 2014 she was invited as a soloist by the Polish Foundation for Cultural Exchange Chopin to participate in concerts in China; she also performed in the USA, at The Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington DC. As a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (2017−2019) she worked under world-famous conductors, such as Gianandrea Noseda, Manfred Honeck and Vasily Petrenko, and performed in international festivals such as BBC Proms in London, Young Euro Classic in Berlin, Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw. She has collaborated with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra as a member of the NOSPR Academy (2020). In July 2022, she was invited to perform at Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan) where she worked with conductors such as Ken-David Masur und Lahav Shani. While in Japan, she performed also at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Martyna Kaszkowiak became a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy in September 2021.
Haruka Katayama, violin
Born in 1997 in Japan, Haruka Katayama started playing the violin at the age of four. In 2019 she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI). She then moved to France to study at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris and at the École Normale de Musique de Paris with Régis Pasquier, Richard Schmoucler and Geneviève Simonot. She got her diploma summa con laude − in soloist and orchestra player specialities. She participated in many different international competitions and festivals, for instance in the Lake District Summer Music Festival with a scholarship from the university and where she played in the final concert in 2015 and 2016. She also played as a soloist with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in many chamber music concerts in Japan. She won the Second Prize at the International Grumiaux Violin Competition in Belgium. She also won the Second Prize at the Romanian International Music Competition with her string quartet and the first prize (Gran Premio) at the Concorso MusicArte. In September 2021 she was selected to become a member of the Luxembourg Philhamonic Orchestra Academy for two seasons. She will simultaneously pursue her studies with a master’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Roland Daugareil.
Aya Kitaoka, violin
Aya Kitaoka was born in Japan in 1997. She learned violin with Akuri Suzuki and Akiko Tatsumi at the Toho Gakuen Music School. In 2013, she won the 3rd prize at the 67th All Japan Student Music Competition and in 2017 she was laureate of the Postacchini Competition. In 2018 she took part in the Antón García Abril International Chamber Music Competition and was awarded the 2nd Prize with her piano trio, Trio Santres. In April 2021 she graduated from her master study at Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands) with the score of 10 with distinction, where she studied violin with Professor Yuzuko Horigome and chamber music with Anastasia Safonova and Henk Guittart. Besides her passion for violin repertoire and chamber music she has also been an active orchestra player. She was selected in 2020 as a leader of the project of Tim Kliphuis in the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. In addition to being a member of Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, she pursues her studies at the Orchesterzentrum NRW, which is the first inter-college training center in Europe for future orchestral musicians, as part of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz of Köln.
Nazar Totovytskyi, violin
Nazar Totovytskyi was born in Kiev (Ukraine) in 1997 to a family of musicians. He began taking violin lessons at the age of five. Since 2003 he has studied violin at the Kiev Music High School with Prof. Yaroslava Rivnyak and chamber music with Prof. Larissa Rajko. From winter semester 2014 to summer semester 2016 he studied violin with Prof. Yaroslava Rivnyak at the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine. Since 2016 he has been studying violin at the University of Music Würzburg in the class of Prof. Sören Uhde. Currently, he is preparing for graduation, having been enrolled in a Master in Performance programme. As a solist, recitalist, orchestra leader and orchestra violinist, he has collaborated with musicians and conductors such as David Geringas, Yuja Wang, Lahav Shani, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Rysanov, Kristóf Baráti, Alexander Zemtsov, Ari Rasilainen, Boris Garlitsky, Denis Kozhukhin, Yuri Zhislin, Barnabás Kelemen, Sören Uhde, Alissa Margulis, Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Evgeni Schuk, Albrecht Mayer, László Fenyö, Gilles Apap, József Lendvay, Nimrod Guez, Tobias Feldmann, Niall Brown, Yuuko Amanuma, Emmanuel Pahud, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yoel Gamzou, Robert HP Platz, Nabil Shehata, Domingo Hindoyan, Johannes Moser, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Bruno Delepelaire, Kirill Petrenko and Gianandrea Noseda. From the age of seven, he has taken part in various national and international musical competitions and festivals. Among others: in 2008 he won the first prize of the international competition Chortitsa Chords (Zaporizhja, Ukraine) and in 2014 he was the laureate of The Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition (Odesa, Ukraine) as well as the winner of the Grand Prix of the international competition of Yevgeny Stankowitch (Kiev, Ukraine). He also took many master classes with highly renowned teachees such as Eberhard Feltz, Kristof Barati, Roland Daugareil, Gilles Apap, Yair Kless, Barnabás Kelemen, Eyal Kless, Alexandre Brussilowsky, Natalia Prischepenko, Alissa Margulis, Boris Garlitsky, Michaela Martin and Tianwa Yang. Nazar Totovytskyi was selected to be a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy from September 2021 on.
Julia Vicic, viola
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1996, Julia Vicic began playing violin at the age of three, studying with Mary Sorlie. At the age of sixteen, she switched to viola, studying first with Kenneth Freed and then with Sabina Thatcher. In 2014 she began her Bachelor studies at Indiana University, studying with Stephen Wyrczynski. After completing her Bachelor in 2018, she went on to pursue her Master at Rice University in Houston, Texas, studying with James Dunham. She is currently in her last semester of the Konzertexamen program at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, where she studies with Jonė Kaliūnaitė. During her studies, she has spent her summers at music courses such as the National Repertory Orchestra, where she won the solo competition and performed Miklós Rózsa’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival. She has played as a substitute in orchestras such as the Louisville Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. In March 2020, she won the silver medal in the Strings Division of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. She became a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy in January 2022.
Lucas Henry, violoncelle
Born in Nancy in 1997, Lucas Henry took his first cello lessons from Sébastien Robert at the conservatory in his hometown, going on to receive his first diploma from the Dijon Conservatory with honours, having studied with Laurent Lagarde. He continued his studies for one year at the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Thomas Duran, before moving on to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon in 2016, where Yvan Chiffoleau and Pascal Jemain taught him. During the 2021/22 season, he was supported as part of Tchaïkovski – Jeunes Talents of the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky, working with Christian-Pierre La Marca. Starting with the 2021/22 season, he is a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy as well as of Menuhin Music Academy, presided by Renaud Capuçon, where he studies with Clemens Hagen and Lionel Cottet. Recitals or chamber music concerts brought him to venues such as La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle (Switzerland) and Auditorium de Dijon. He worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, the Orchestre National des Pays-de-la-Loire, the «Appassionato» Orchestra and the Orchestre du Conservatoire et Pôle supérieur de Dijon. As a soloist or recitalist, he was performing at festivals such as Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Festival du Forez, Pietra Santa, Virtuoso & Bel Canto Festival, Festival Pablo Casals, Musique à Flaine or Musicales en Folie. In 2017 he was awarded the second prize at the Épernay Strings Competition, in 2019 he participated successfully at Concours de musique de chambre Jeunes Talents in Paris. He is a bursary of Mécénat Musical Société Générale. Lucas Henry plays a cello built in 2013 by Günter Siefert.
Élise Rouchouse, percussion
Born in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1993, Élise Rouchouse received her first percussion lessons at the age of ten in her hometown, where she also completed her schooling until she was 18. Determined to become a professional musician, she enrolled at the Conservatoire Massenet Saint-Étienne and subsequently, in 2014, at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin Strasbourg, where she graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in the class of Emmanuel Séjourné, Stephan Fougeroux and Denis Riedinger. That same year, she joined the Académie de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. She plays regularly with this orchestra as a substitute to this day. She continued her education at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she worked with Nick Woud, Mark Braafhart, Bence Major, Tomohiro Ando, Richard Jansen, Rachel Zhang, Ramon Lormans and Peter Prommel. In 2020 she completed her master’s degree in orchestral performance. During her time in the Netherlands, she had the opportunity to play with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nederlands Ballet Orkest. Since 2021 she is a member of Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. In addition to her work with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, she continues to perform with Orchestras in France such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Les Siècles and Orchestre National de France.
Ryou Banno, viola
Born in 1997, Ryou Banno began to play the violin at the age of three, studying with Shigeru Tachiki and Megumi Shimane. At the age of fifteen, he switched to viola when he entered The Music High School attached to the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he studied with Ryo Sasaki and Kaoru Ono. In 2016 he entered the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he studied with Yuki Hyakutake. During his studies, he participated in the public master classes of Viola Space, the Tokyo International Viola Competition. He has also performed in festivals such as La Folle Journée Tokyo 2019 or the Kitakyushu International Music Festival and in many other concerts in Japan, both in chamber music and symphonic programmes. After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020, he enrolled in the concert soloist course at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in September of the same year, where he studied with Leo De Neve, and graduated in June 2021. He became a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra Academy in September 2021.
photos: Sébastien Grébille, Eric Devillet