Dayner Tafur-Díaz wins the Siemens Conductors Scholarship 2024-2026 to the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Culminating a selection process at the Berliner Philharmoniker concert hall, Dayner Tafur-Díaz has been chosen as the winner of this year's Siemens Conductors Scholarship. The 26-year-old conductor from Peru will begin working with the Berliner Philharmoniker Karajan Academy on October 1, 2024. The scholarship includes serving as project-based assistant to chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and guest conductors of the Karajan Academy and Berliner Philharmoniker.

Berlin, June 9, 2024.
This year’s recipient of the Siemens Conductors Scholarship was selected today in the Hermann-Wolff-Saal of the Philharmonie Berlin: Dayner Tafur-Díaz succeeded in taking the laurels among a competitive field of candidates. The 26-year-old conductor from Peru impressed the jury with his ‘special musical comprehension and expressiveness in his work with the orchestra’.

Achieving lasting success as a conductor on the international stage takes outstanding talent, insatiable ambition, unwavering stamina – and, of course, support. This is why the Siemens Arts Program and the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker have now awarded the Siemens Conductors Scholarship for the second time.

In addition to collaborating on concert projects of the Karajan Academy, the conducting scholarship includes acting as project-based assistant to the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko, and visiting guest conductors. Among other activities this coming season, Dayner Tafur-Díaz will take part in rehearsals and concerts with conductor Ivan Repušić and 2024-2025 Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker, pianist Seong-Jin Cho. In a carte blanche concert of the Karajan Academy, Dayner Tafur-Díaz will also have an opportunity to introduce himself to the Berlin audience.

The selection process was carried out in two stages: after reviewing 69 selected applications, the Siemens Arts Program and the Karajan Academy invited three finalists to each lead a rehearsal with a chamber orchestra made up of members of the Karajan Academy, and then speak with the jury in a follow-up discussion. The jury consisted of Andrea Zietzschmann, General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Eva- Maria Tomasi, Orchestra Board Member and member of the 2nd Violin Group of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Stefan Dohr, Orchestra Board Member and Principal Horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Stefan Schweigert, Principal Bassoonist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Simon Rössler, Managing Director of the Karajan Academy and Percussionist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as the Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program, Stephan Frucht.

Simon Rössler, Managing Director of the Karajan Academy: “I am delighted to welcome Dayner Tafur-Díaz, a new conducting scholarship holder, to the Karajan Academy. By working on concerts and projects at the Karajan Academy and with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the scholarship offers aspiring conductors the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the work of experienced conductors and musicians and to learn from them. I would like to thank the Siemens Arts Program for supporting this two-year scholarship.”

Siemens first began funding its Conductors Scholarship in 2022, which that year went to co-winners Christian Blex and Oscar Jockel. Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program, is excited about the coming work of Dayner Tafur-Díaz at the Karajan Academy: “I have no doubt that we will hear a lot more from Dayner Tafur-Díaz in the next few years, as he impressed us in the selection process with his precision. The Siemens Conductors Scholarship is intended to enable these up-and-coming talents to achieve and professionally develop their artistic excellence and musical vision.”

Siemens Conductors Scholarship: Upcoming concerts


November 9, 2024, Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin (annual meeting)
with conductor Ivan Repušić

January 19, 2025, Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin
with Seong-Jin Cho, piano (Artist in Residence)

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About the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The Karajan Academy enables outstanding young musicians to perfect their skills as part of a scholarship program with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. In addition to one-on-one lessons with musicians from the orchestra’s ranks, the members of the Academy gain valuable experience in rehearsals and concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and leading conductors. Founded in 1972 at the initiative of chief conductor Herbert von Karajan, the Academy is also indispensable for securing the next generation of musicians for the Berliner Philharmoniker. Former members of the Karajan Academy can also be found in renowned orchestras all over the world.

About the Siemens Arts Program

The Siemens Arts Program is active in the fields of music, the visual arts and cultural education, and sees itself as a creative platform for company-sponsored projects in the arts and culture. It creates innovative projects with outstanding individuals and institutions throughout the arts and culture scene.

One important aim of the program is to nurture excellent emerging talent worldwide. It does so by sponsoring its own emerging talent competitions and forging links between young artists and established international cultural institutions (such as the Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Salzburg Festival, and the ARD International Music Competition).

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The people on the group photo from left to right are: Stefan Schweigert, Simon Rössler, Andrea Zietzschmann, Stephan Frucht, Anna Handler, Dayner Tafur-Díaz, Luka Hauser, Eva-Maria Tomasi, Stefan Dohr.

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Credit: Stefan Höderath

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