🔴 AUDITION MASTERCLASS 2024 |  August 24th – September 1st | Ebensee, Austria

Your Doorway into the Orchestra!

In this 9-days LIVE masterclass you will learn our comprehensive 360º method, which equips you with the skills to audition at the highest level precisely when it matters most. You'll learn the tools to capture the juries attention and embark on your journey into orchestral life.

  • Learn how to perform at your best under high pressure and even in unexpected conditions or 'worst case scenarios'.
  • Improve your skills and elevate your capabilities through immersive practical sessions and workshops led by world-class coaches.
  • Unlock the secrets of mental techniques used by renowned artists to master self-control over your mind and body, enabling you to tackle every challenge with confidence.

Imagine a moment that could change everything ...

You sense it – the piercing spotlight.

The gentle hum of the audience. 

The anticipatory gazes of the jury. 

Your heart quickens, palms dampen and in an instant ...

you feel your confidence waver before a single note escapes your instrument. 🫣

Moments like these are all too common for aspiring musicians with dreams of an orchestral career.

In these fleeting seconds, it's not just your talent that's scrutinized, but also your self-confidence and mental strength are put to the ultimate test.

Welcome to the Penthesilea Academy Masterclass 2024your gateway to unwavering confidence, focus and joy in making music, precisely when you need it most.

In the fiercely competitive realm of orchestral music, we recognize that sheer talent alone is not enough.

It's about meticulous preparation, not only for the music itself, but also for the unexpected challenges that may arise during those crucial moments.

  • Act swiftly. Only 7 spots left.


Hear why our participants love it
... and what they already achieved

★★★★★  Lena Beitelhoff

★★★★★  Karen Wong

★★★★★  Larissa Maron

★★★★★  Oscar Brodahl

★★★★★  Adam Woods

Besides excellent tutoring from Karin, especially that we got single lessons with Femi and Vera. I wasn't even aware beforehand that it will happen, so it was a very good surprise.
The academy as a whole was just great. Instrumental lessons and workshops with all coaches - I couldn't choose what was the best part. The Wim Hof Method was certainly a very great experience, and I really liked the lessons with Karin a lot.
The organisation and the concept of this masterclass is the best I have even seen or heard of. It’s targeting the musicians who are auditioning for the orchestra jobs which I believe is wonderful because most of other masterclasses are not so specific about the goal and purpose.
I liked of course the opportunity to have really good teachers who could give us suggestions directly on the stage trough the mock audition
I loved the general atmosphere during the Academy. Everybody (students and coaches) was so friendly and open and it made the already good experience so much better!
I found the comprehensive care of the participants really great! I have never before been on a course with such a holistic program. And of course, the motivation of the team :)

It's not just practicing - and you know it!

The Penthesilea Academy Masterclass is more than just a course – it’s the beginning of your journey to a fulfilling orchestral career, free from fear and full of confidence in your abilities.

Three main pillars are at the heart of the Penthesilea Academy Masterclass, aiming to prepare you not just for your audition but for a lifelong career in music.

Are you ready to take the first step?

Dive into a world where your musical dreams become reality.

  • Only 25 spots left. Application close on May 31st.


Mind Control & Stress Management

Through targeted techniques and strategies in mind control and stress management, you will learn how to handle your nerves before and during performances. 

Our aim is to equip you with the tools to find inner peace, even in the most thrilling moments of your career. Learn to build mental strength that makes you unshakeable, no matter what happens on stage.


Confidence Self-Awareness 

We focus on boosting your confidence and sharpening your self-perception.

 Discover the power of positive self-talk, learn to believe in yourself and your abilities, and find out how to optimally leverage your unique strengths on stage. 

This part of the program is designed to help you grow not just as a musician but as a person, enhancing your presence both on stage and in everyday life.


Musical Skills & the Art of Storytelling

Musicality extends far beyond technical skills – it's about telling a story that touches the audience. 

At the Penthesilea Academy, we dedicate ourselves to refining your musical abilities and the art of storytelling. 

Through masterclasses, individual coaching, and practical exercises, you will learn how to express emotions through music and build a deeper connection with your audience. 

Develop a nuanced musical language that allows you to infuse every note with meaning and bring your musical narratives to life.


These are your 9 world-class coaches in this year's masterclass


Hi, I'm Karin Bonelli!

I'm a flutist at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and have been mentoring music students since 2012.

My daily routine involves rehearsals with exceptional musicians, composers, and directors, as well as performances at the Vienna State Opera, the Musikverein WIEN, and renowned music stages worldwide.

How did I find my own musical voice?

By listening not only to my own authentic inner guidance but also to other perspectives and ideas in my musical and personal surroundings.

My mission now is to share what I’ve learned through the Penthesilea Academy and to empower young music students.

I am here to help you discover your strength and your unique voice through music, just as I did for myself!


Hi, I'm Roman Rindberger!

I'm a Trumpet and Brass Chamber Music Professor at the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna (MUK) since 2012, and a member of the renowned ensemble Mnozil Brass.

My days are filled with musical work with my students and alongside my colleagues from Mnozil Brass, performing in prestigious concert halls such as Suntory Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Elbphilharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall.

Through these experiences, I have developed a blend of musical practice and holistic training methods to improve my mental, physical and emotional resilience.

I have achieved certification as Wim Hof Method and mental coach to simultaneously utilize the transformative abilities of breathwork and the resilience of a strong mind.

Now I'm going to share these insights at Penthesilea Academy. My aim is to support aspiring musicians in this very special masterclass by combining musical training at the highest level with innovative mental and physical techniques.

Gudrun Hinze

✨ Coach Flute & Piccolo

After her studies, she was engaged by the WDR Symphonie-Orchestra (Köln) and MDR Symphonie-Orchestra (Leipzig). From 1993 until today, she has been solo piccoloist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Additionally, she was appointed as principal piccoloist with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra from 1999 – 2017. 

She has been teaching the piccolo flute during her whole professional career as a musician, in institutions like the "Hochschule für Musik" in Leipzig, Hannover and München.

During the years 2018 – 2020 Gudrun completed an apprenticeship in family constellation therapy, psychological astrology, and regression therapy. The skills of these disciplines go beyond music – but if integrated into teaching classes, they make a bigger picture of the approach to music and enable the teacher to reveal the potential of every student with much empathy and a deep, holistic attitude.

Hans Gansch

✨ Visiting Professor Trumpet

Hans Gansch, born on April 13, 1953 in Kirnberg/Mank, Lower Austria, received his first music lessons at the tender age of seven from his father, a passionate amateur musician and conductor of the local brass band.

His professional orchestral career has been impressive:

  • From 1974 to 1976, he served as the first trumpet in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
  • Subsequently, from 1976 to 1982, he was the first trumpet in the ORF Symphony Orchestra.
  • From 1982 to 1996, he assumed the role of first trumpet in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Since 1996, Hans Gansch has been passing on his expertise and knowledge to the next generation by holding the professorship for trumpet at the renowned University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Among his notable achievements is the awarding of the "German Record Critics' Award" in 1995 for the recording of the CD "Trumpet Concertos".

Gansch is known for his collaboration with distinguished chamber music ensembles such as the "Austrian Brass Connection", "Pro Brass", "Art of Brass Vienna", "Contrapunti", and "German Brass".

His solo performances and master classes are sought after both domestically and abroad, and his musical versatility is documented on numerous recordings. Hans Gansch is an impressive example of musical passion and talent that continues to discover and perfect new facets over decades.

He will be joining the coaching team for 3 full days.

Sabine Pröglhöf-Karner

✨ Correpetition

Sabine is solo répétiteur at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK), Department Wind and Percussion Instruments since 1989 and correpeated the class of Roman Rindberger.

Répétiteur at festivals, masterclasses, auditions and so on in Austria and abroad (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, RSO Vienna, Österreichische Kammersymphoniker, Allegro vivo).

Concert activities in Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Festivals like Wien Modern, Hörgänge, Carinthischer Sommer, Jeunesse musicale etc., Broadcast and CD-Recordings, Chamber music and recitals with singers and instrumentalists.


Reach your highest potential and get ready for your orchestral life

Penthesilea Academy Masterclass 2024

August 24th – September 1st
Ebensee, Austria

  • 9 Days experience
  • 9 world-class coaches
  • Single coaching sessions
  • Ensemble classes
  • Special technique workshops
  • Mock auditions
  • Mental balance coaching
  • Physical balance coaching
  • Wim Hof experience
  • Accommodation & food (half-board)
  • Inspiring side-program in the alps
  • BBQ Evening (free food & drinks)
  • 2 Special LIVE-Concert entries



  • mostly 5-7 days
  • 2-4 coaches
  • Single coaching sessions
  • Ensemble classes
  • Special technique workshops
  • Mock auditions
  • Mental balance coaching
  • Physical balance coaching
  • Wim Hof experience
  • Accommodation & food
  • Inspiring side-program in the alps
  • BBQ Evening (free food & drinks)
  • LIVE-Concert entries

Join the only comprehensive experience for body, mind and musical artistry in Europe!

Your all-inclusive investment:
Only 1.829,- 2.590 EUR

  • payable one-time or by instalments.
  • Applications close on June 15th. Only 7 spots left.

Penthesilea Academy is the right choice for you ...

  • if you’re someone who wants to be fully prepared but still feels the nerves when something unpredictable happens.
  • if your inner peace depends on the conditions around you, and you’re looking for a wide range of support – beyond just improving your playing.
  • if you recognize that having a strong mindset is as important as your musical skills to be successful.
  • if you know that endless practicing isn’t the key to a successful career as an orchestral musician.
  • if you’re searching for more confidence, focus, and joy in your music making.


Your next steps to participate in this year's Penthesilea Academy Masterclass


Make a decision and APPLY NOW for this year's academy by clicking on the button below.


Go through the easy digital application process and tell us more about you.


If your application is successful, you'll get a phone call from our team to go through the details.


After this call you book your ticket and get one major step closer to your dream life!

Your investment to participate after the successful application:
Only 1.829,- 2.590 EUR

  • Payable one-time or by instalments
  • Applications close on June 15th.

Frequently asked questions

  • Penthesilea Academy is committed to nurturing young, talented flutists and trumpeters as they prepare for a successful audition experience.

    We provide a dedicated environment for honing skills in the expansive orchestral repertoire, enhancing mental and physical balance through one-on-one coaching sessions, and fostering teamwork skills through ensemble work.

    Our comprehensive approach is the result of Karin Bonelli's extensive experience as a professional flutist who has been a part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012 and also Roman Rindbergers vast experience as a professional trumpeter at Mnozil Brass and Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna.

    You will get masterclasses with Hans Gansch, former solo trumpeter of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Boucly, former Professor and principal solo-flutist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gudrun Hinze, Solopiccolo artist at the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and teacher since 1993, Sabine Pröglhöf- Karner, solo accompanist for flute and trumpet at the University of Music and performing Arts of the City of Vienna since 1989 and Nikolaus Wagner, solo accompanist at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz.

    You will also get mental training with Dr. Vera Popper, dynamic balancing Coach for more than 15 years, and Physical Balance Classes with Oluwafemi Oladeji, lifelong practitioner and expert in Pilates, Kung-Fu and Shiatsu.
  • At Penthesilea Academy, you will not only elevate your musical skills but also gain mastery over your nervous system and breath control in preparation for your audition.
    During our program, you will have the opportunity to simulate your audition in front of a professional jury.

    We will guide you through the situations you will encounter during your upcoming auditions, helping you prepare artistically, physically, and mentally. This will enable you to deliver your best performance during one of the most crucial moments of your life!

    This is what you can expect during your 9 days of Masterclass:

    One-to-one coachings, ensemble classes, single sessions, daily physical balance sessions, Wim Hof Workshops, Breathing Workshops, Embodiment Workshop, Stress and anxiety relief sessions, PEP tapping technique Workshop, Outdoor activities, Mock auditions, get together with peers and coaches, Q&A sessions etc.
  • Yes, we are offering a small amount of scholarships.

    If you’re interested in receiving a scholarship, apply for our Masterclass via this website and send us a motivation letter and a confirmation of current study aid or other financial support for living expenses or funding of studies.

    Once your application is successful, you will receive information about the details in a personal call.
  • Penthesilea Academy 2024 will take place from Saturday, August 24th to Sunday, September 1st in Ebensee – Upper Austria.

    Accommodations and meals are provided and among other amenities included in the fee.

    In the Austrian Salzkammergut, Traunsee's beauty is genuinely captivating. Its tranquil waters reflect the surrounding mountains, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the peaceful embrace of nature.

    Whether you're hiking along its shores or simply enjoying a quiet moment by the water, Traunsee's charm leaves a lasting impression of tranquility and awe.
  • Our commitment is to assist musicians who have already reached a certain level of musical proficiency to ensure their success in auditions. Therefore, we require an electronic application for participation in this exclusive group.
  • The application process is very easy, you just need to follow the steps.

    Part 1 - we ask you some simple questions to get to know you better as a musician

    Part 2 - you send us a video-recording of your play

    From all the applications that are fully submitted (inicluding the video recording), 30 applicants will be selected.

    These applicants will be the first to receive an exclusive personal invitation to this year's Academy Masterclass.

    If someone declines the invitation, the spot will become available again, and another applicant will have the opportunity.

    End of application is on may 31st.

  • Penthesilea Academy 2024 can accommodate a maximum of 20 Flute students and 10 Trumpet students.

    Spots are limited and sell out very quickly! We select our students based on their musical proficiency and also application timing.
  • The price is an all-inclusive for only 1.690,- € (Tax incl.)

    And that includes not only nine days of comprehensive mind, body and artistry work, but also the accommodations, breakfast, lunch, a very special get-together event with your peers and coaches and two unforgettable concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Ebensee in Upper Austria.

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors:

Main sponsor

Oberösterreichische Versicherung - Keine Sorgen

Other sponsors & partners

Montana Tech Components
Hypo Oberösterreich
Familie Granser
OÖ Blasmusikverband
C. Bechstein
Musica Info
Brannen Brothers
OÖ Blasmusikverband

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