The Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors

American Austrian Foundation

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 also be 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.

Qualified young conductors who have recently finished their academic studies or who are working toward graduate diplomas in conducting at top-ranking American music schools, up to the age of 30, may apply. Proficiency in English is required; working knowledge of German is desirable. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply, but the AAF will not be responsible for the acquisition of visas (if necessary).

Application Process & Deadlines
Please submit the following documents (if possible in electronic form) to the AAF at

Completed application form (see downloads), including digitally inserted recent photo
Two letters of recommendation (the author of the letter of recommendation may email the letter directly to
Current résumé/CV, detailing educational background and conducting experience
One-page essay describing your objectives during the fellowship
A DVD or CD of conducting excerpts, along with a detailed listing, must be mailed to the office. You may also send links via email, but applications without a physical DVD or CD will not be eligible for consideration.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 8, 2016.

Mailing address:
The American Austrian Foundation, Inc.
ATTN: The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts Jury
c/o UniCredit Group
150 East 42nd Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10017

This program is operated by the AAF and funded by the estate of the late Maestro Charles Ansbacher. The fellowship includes a $1,000 airfare reimbursement,
accommodation at Schloss Arenberg, and a small stipend. For more details about the Salzburg Festival, please visit their website.
Within one month of completing the fellowship, each fellow is required to send a final report to the AAF at


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