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The Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors

This fellowship provides promising young conductors (age 30 or younger) from the United States the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors and artists at work during rehearsals and performances.

Fellows live at Schloss Arenberg, located a mere ten minutes from the Festival Hall, where they are also able to interact with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who are in residence at Schloss Arenberg during the month of August.

The Salzburg Festival (“Salzburger Festspiele”), founded in August 1920 by Max Reinhard and Hugo von Hofmansthal, is the benchmark for all festivals worldwide and each year unique opera and concert productions bring together the world’s finest singers, conductors and musicians.

This program is operated by The American Austrian Foundation with support from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Salzburg Music Festival and the Young Friends of the Salzburg Music Festival.

“Shadowing the Vienna Philharmonic was eye-opening, or rather, ear-opening on so many levels.  This orchestra is so legendary that the special traditions they have almost seem mythical.  Being in such close quarters with them really opened my ears to the Viennese musical tradition that exists nowhere else in the world.  Their freedom, style and tradition will certainly stay with me and influence my future music-making.”
Levi Hammer (2010)
Assistant Conductor, Akron Symphony Orchestra & Director, Akron Youth Symphony

Ansbacher Fellows 2016


1998 - 2016