Scholarship Winners Announced at BIMM University Berlin and Hamburg

10 September, 2020

Every academic year, we offer a number of life-changing bursaries to our community of talented applicants and students. Over the past 12 months, we have offered the equivalent of over €280,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students across our colleges.

It’s part of our commitment to support talented and passionate people looking to launch their career in music. This year, we’re delighted to announce that the scholarship winners of this incredible opportunity are upcoming BIMM Berlin student Eleanor Andristplourde and upcoming BIMM Hamburg student Bleona Ramadani.

“I feel honoured for this opportunity and am deeply delighted and grateful. This is a dream come true for the beginning of my path towards the music industry.”

– Bleona Ramadani, Scholarship Winner at BIMM University Berlin Hamburg

Each will each receive a fully-funded scholarship for the first year of studies beginning in September 2020. They were chosen by a panel of industry experts based on their applications, which included details of their inspiring career aspirations and plans for the music industry.

“At BIMM, I want to continue working with others, to start new projects, learning from each other and inspiring each other. I am really looking forward to the Songwriting program in Berlin.”

– Eleanor Andristplourde, Scholarship Winner at BIMM University Berlin

Throughout the year, Eleanor and Bleona will be fully immersed in the creative learning environment that both BIMM Berlin and BIMM Hamburg BIMM Germany cultivates. The opportunities presented to them will include learning from industry icons through exclusive Masterclasses, being taught by legendary industry experts and becoming part of our unique, collaborative BIMM community that crosses borders and oceans.

Get to know our scholarship winners

We caught up with the lucky winners to find out more about their life in music – and what they’re most looking forward to at Europe’s largest music college:

Bleona Ramadani, Scholarship Winner at BIMM University Berlin Hamburg

“I’m 19 years old, born and raised here in Germany with Albanian roots and have always been a passionate soul. My desire and curiosity towards music have been increasing immensely these past few years. BIMM University Berlin is the perfect place to turn a simple idea into a bright future.

I look forward to studying at BIMM University Berlin Hamburg this upcoming semester because I will finally have the opportunity to visualise my goals realistically and meet people with the same mindset.

We are all in this together, moving forward with an irreplaceable passion and ideas to create tomorrow’s world. We shall always strive and prosper and I cannot wait to start my path with BIMM!”

Eleanor Andristplourde, Scholarship Winner at BIMM University Berlin

“My name is Eleanor Andristplourde, and I am a Dutch American, born and raised in Amsterdam. I’ve been singing since I can remember, from the back of my parents’ bikes on the way to preschool in the morning, to onstage in front of hundreds of people.

Though my life has always been full of music, as a teenager I realised that music was more than just a casual outlet. I knew I wanted to do it professionally. I started seeking out new teachers and collaborators. I took classes, joined bands, sang in choirs, wrote and produced songs, and generally surrounded myself with creative and driven people.

I plan on networking at BIMM University Berlin. I have made most of my connections through my music. When I am creating, I am being the most true to myself, and that is the best way to connect with the right people because when we recognise bits of our story in that of others, it touches us.

That spark of recognition can be the start of the best collaborations. That is how I found my current writing partner. We bounce ideas off of one another, working on our passion project: a dark folk musical. I am looking forward to many more collaborations at BIMM University Berlin.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to study Songwriting at BIMM Berlin. I can’t wait to write together with new people, bouncing ideas off of one another, and getting feedback from lecturers with so much experience. Getting this scholarship is an amazing honour. I see it as a challenge to keep working hard, because, as Tim Notke said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

We look forward to following Eleanor and Bleona’s journeys during their first year of studies, as they develop their craft, explore their creativity and follow their passion.

If you’d like to join BIMM University Berlin’s vibrant music community, you can order a prospectus, book to attend a BIMM Open Day or contact our Admissions Team on +49 30 311 99 186 (Berlin) or +49 40 874 09 632 (Hamburg).

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