Arising operators Christian Blex and Oscar Jockel win Siemens Operators Scholarship
Two winners Christian Blex and Oscar Jockel prevail among ten shortlisted campaigners from pool of 189 aspirants
Siemens Operators Scholarship for the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker involves two- time program of study and conducting their own portrayal musicale
Education also includes position as adjunct to Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal captain, Kirill Petrenko
. Christian Blex (28) and Oscar Jockel (25), both from Germany, have won the Siemens Operators Scholarship. At the three- day conducting competition held at the Berliner Philharmonie musicale hall, the over-and- coming operators came out on top among ten finalists from a pool of 189 aspirants from 30 countries. Jockel and Blex, both impressed the jury chaired by Kirill Petrenko with, among other effects, their conducting of Beethoven’s Leonore Preamble. As part of the Siemens Operators Scholarship Blex and Jockel will admit a two- time training at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The honors also include a position as adjunct to the principal captain of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko, and the occasion to conduct their own portrayal musicale with the members of the Karajan Academy in the Chamber Music Hall at the Berliner Philharmonie.
The panel members together with the three finalists
The panel members together with the three finalists (f.l.t.r) Peter Riegelbauer, Annette Mangold, Andrea Zietzschmann, Kirill Petrenko, Isabel Rubio, Oscar Jockel, Christian Blex, Stanley Dodds, Pamela Rosenberg and Stephan Frucht.
The two winners of the Siemens Operators Scholarship
The two winners of the Siemens Operators Scholarship Oscar Jockel and Christian Blex
“ For me, winning the Siemens Operators Scholarship is a dream come true”, said Christian Blex. He’s a fellow of both the German Operators Forum as well as the Norwegian Operators Forum. In 2020 Blex was named as the adjunct captain of British Youth Opera for that season and has been working at the Norwegian Opera Academy as a captain as well as an adjunct to Gregor Bühl.
“ It’s a great honor to have the occasion to help Kirill Petrenko and work with the Karajan Academy”, stated Oscar Jockel. As a conducting adjunct and captain Oscar Jockel worked with symphonies similar as the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Klangforum Wien. In 2021 he won an Aspen Conducting Prize as Conducting Fellow of the American Conducting Academy.
This was the first time in which the Siemens Operators Scholarship was awarded using such a shortlisting process. The competition started on Friday, October 22, 2021, and comported of three selection rounds held over three days. A aggregate of 189 over-and- coming operators from 30 countries applied. Ten of these talented artists were invited to the three- day conducting competition at the Berliner Philharmonie musicale hall. Three of them contended against each other in the final round on Sunday. Isabel Rubio from Spain joined Blex and Jockel in the final round. All three finalists played extracts from workshop by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.
“ I ’m really looking forward to working with Christian Blex and Oscar Jockel – the new donors of the Operators Scholarship at the Karajan Academy”, said Peter Riegelbauer, director of the Karajan Academy and double-bass player for the Berliner Philharmoniker. “ Oscar Jockel and Christian Blex, both showed that they’re largely talented arising operators and emotional artists. The position of performance during the three- day selection process was outstanding, and we had the occasion to meet numerous instigative youthful operators.”
This was the alternate time in which the Siemens Operators Scholarship was awarded. The first education philanthropist was the Japanese captain, Nodoka Okisawa, who has been at the Academy since September 2020.
“ Talented youthful people need knowledgeable mates who believe in them”, said Stephan Frucht, cultural director of the Siemens Trades Program and member of the jury. “ That’s why – as part of the Siemens Trades Program – we ’re working with great care on new formats that make islands between arising gift and the transnational artistic institutions we ’re partnering with. Our cooperation with the Karajan Academy enables us to help youthful artists to further develop their chops on one of the stylish stages.”
In addition to Peter Riegelbauer and Stephan Frucht, the competition’s jury included jury president Kirill Petrenko ( principal captain of the Berliner Philharmoniker), Andrea Zietzschmann ( general director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation), Annette Mangold ( director of cultural planning of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation), Pamela Rosenberg ( member of the Karajan Academy’s Board of Trustees) and Stanley Dodds ( alternate violin of the Berliner Philharmoniker and media president).
The Siemens Trades Program is active in the fields of music, visual trades and artistic education and sees itself as a creative platform for Siemens’own trades and artistic systems. One of the program’s important pretensions is fostering the development of outstanding arising gift worldwide. This is done by initiating competitions for arising gift and putting youthful artists in touch with established transnational artistic institutions (Bayerische Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall New York, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, ARD International Music Competition).