Sydney Conservatorium of Music alumnus trumpeter Rainer Saville, BMus ‘14, was one of 10 musicians selected to travel to New York in January to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the Music Academy of the West. The musicians had the opportunity to train and play with Philharmonic musicians, a great way to prepare for a career as an orchestral musician.
The ten-day training program, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, included preparing Brahms’ 3rd Symphony for four of the Philharmonic’s subscription concerts in early January in David Geffen Hall. Alan Gilbert describes the program as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician”. The Fellows learn directly from Philharmonic musicians, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance, learning invaluable career skills.
“The global academy program was a fantastic experience – we were given lessons by the principal musicians of the orchestra, and played mock auditions throughout our time in New York,” said Rainer.
“The final mock audition was in David Geffen Hall – screened also, as it would be for a professional audition. There were also Q and A sessions with the management and orchestra committees. All of this was structured around performing with the orchestra in four subscription concerts. A life changing experience!”
The Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, is supported in part by The Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc., an anonymous donor, and other gifts made towards the Zarin Mehta Fund.
Rainer Saville (trumpet), 24, was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Leanne Sullivan. He also studied at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne with Dave Elton and Tristram Williams. Mr. Saville performs regularly as a musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony, and is a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, where he performs on period instruments. In 2014, he participated and was a semi-finalist in the International Trumpet Competition “Cittá Di Porcia” in Pordenone, Italy. Rainer has toured internationally with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, he was a participant of the Pacific Music Festival, working alongside members of the Berlin Philharmonic and San-Francisco Symphony.