The    Gotthard-Schierse-Stiftung is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the support of young gifted musicians. It assists young artists by presenting them in public concerts which are organised by the foundation in collaboration with the »Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung«; they take place annually at the »Musikinstrumenten-Museum« during the summer months.

The necessary funds for these events are exclusively derived from the proceeds of the »Führer durch die Konzertsäle Berlins und des Landes Brandenburg« which was founded by Gotthard Schierse in 1920.

Since it was established in 1972, the foundation has supported about 700 young artists, among them many now familiar names, e.g. Christine Schäfer, Claudia Barainsky, Andreas Schmidt, Thomas Quasthoff (voice), Gerhard Oppitz (piano), Daniel Gaede (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Wolfgang Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, Martin Löhr (violoncello), Hansjörg Schellenberger (oboe), and Sabine Meyer (clarinet).

The candidates eligible for funding are chosen by a five-member committee (if their application is in accordance with the statutes).

The foundation supports

  • singers
  • instrumental soloists
  • chamber music ensembles

The applicants should be artistically qualified for solo performances and should not be older than 30 years of age. Ensembles should collaborate over a longer period and at least 50 % of the members should not be older than 30. In addition to the usual documents (CV and artistic career) an audio sample is required, provided that applicants cannot present themselves in a concert or an audition in Berlin.

Applicants please refer to:
Kaskelstraße 30
10317 Berlin

Contact:   Gotthard-Schierse-Stiftung
Phone: +49 (0)30 882 54 58
Fax: +49 (0)30 882 43 07

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