The Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic goes back to an initiative of Herbert von Karajan, who in the early 1970s had the idea of organizing the training of young orchestral talent of the Berlin Philharmonic in an academy. This form of institutionalized support was an innovation at the time. For the first time, outstanding young musicians who were undergoing first-class university training, but mostly oriented toward solo repertoire, were given the opportunity to perfect their skills in a community of top musicians such as the Berliner Philharmoniker. Mentored in individual lessons and chamber music by instructors from the ranks of the orchestra, and integrated into orchestra rehearsals and concerts, the young musicians gain irreplaceable experience for their careers, learn the professional discipline of a world-class orchestra and concert routine in the best sense of the word.

Marina Grauman, violin 

Marina Grauman was born in 1994 in Saint-Petersburg into a family of musicians. Her musical career began at the Special Music School of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (class of Prof. Savely Shalman), followed by bachelor’s and master’s studies and concert examinations at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Prof. Ulf Wallin: each degree with distinction. In 2015 she was awarded the DAAD prize for outstanding achievements by foreign students at German universities.

In 2018/19 she was a scholarship holder of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (lecturer N. Bendix-Balgley) . From Season 2019/20 she is the 1st concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

She is a founding member of the ensemble Trio Marvin (piano trio), which has been awarded the Grand Prix of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd prize of the ARD Music Competition, among others. The trio pursues a busy concert schedule in Germany and abroad and completed their master’s studies with the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2020 with distinction.

Chamber music as well as solo performances have been broadcast by ARTE, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, BR, SWR, SR, ORF and Fine Music Radio Capetown.

Beata Antikainen, cello

Beata Antikainen (1993) is currently a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where her mentor is Olaf Maninger. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Claudio Bohorquez and in the Sibelius Academy with Marko Ylönen.

Antikainen is a prize winner of the Finnish National Turku Cello Competition, the International Anton Rubinstein competition and the Peter Pirazzi Competition.

Antikainen is an active chamber musician and performs regularly in many festivals such as Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki Chamber Summer, Hauho Music Festival, Saimaa Music Festival, Sibafest, Avanti Summer Festival, Pyhäjärvi Chamber Music, ClasClas Festival and Eloa Festival.

She is the artistic director of the Hvitträsk Chamber Music Festival in Finland.

As a soloist she has played with such orchestras as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Ensemble and Baden Baden Philharmonia.

She has received scholarships from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Pro Musica Foundation and the Wegelius foundation.

Noora Ylönen, piano

Coming from a family of musicians, Noora was forced to sit through concerts and rehearsals while growing up. She stubbornly searched for another path for her own future and for example competed in athletics until late teenage years. It wasn’t until one summer festival when she heard Schubert’s string quintet live and realized she had no choice but to continue her musical journey. Coming from Finland, Noora studied at the Sibelius Academy and then found her way to study first at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and currently at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen with Henri Sigfridsson.

Chamber music she cherishes closest to her heart and that has lead her to perform in interesting locations from fells in Lapland to the great Musikverein in Vienna.

During the pandemic an ever present curiosity for visual arts took a bigger role in her life and since she has painted with oil paints and aquarelles whenever she finds the time.