Hubert von Goisern Culture Award


Hubert von Goisern Culture Award

The Hubert von Goisern Culture Award

For the advancement of talent and perseverance; granted for outstanding commitment and achievement in art and culture in general, with a focus on music in particular. To support inspired and inspiring people; or to further innovative solutions and ideas, which benefit the common good.


Together with a three-member jury, whose members are anchored in the cultural world in a broad spectrum of ways, Hubert von Goisern chooses artists whose creativity and efforts deserve and require support. The financial support offered by the culture award encourages the winners to continue their work and to live out their creativity, enabling the public to both share in and be inspired by it. The award will allocate a total of €10,000 to between one and five artists each year for the next ten years.

"I was supported by many people through the penniless early years of my career. And these people did so because they believed in what I was doing. I want to keep that going: with this award I want to support people who artistically contemplate and deal with the world in ways in which I find exciting and important. I am in the privileged position to be able to do just that." – Hubert von Goisern

Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2019

The Hubert von Goisern Culture Award is presented once a year to between one and five recipients. There are no age restrictions, or geographical limitations. Particular focus will however be placed on young people from the regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria. The prize winner(s) will be chosen from the submitted applications by a jury of three under the chairmanship of Hubert von Goisern.

The application period for the 2019 award has now closed and the winners will be announced in May. Entries for the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2020 will be accepted between 1st October 2019 and 31st March 2020. Should you have any questions, please send them to:

The jury

Bernhard FlieherBernhard Flieher

Culture journalist Since 1992 Bernhard has been culture editor and columnist at Salzburger Nachrichten. On the editorial staff, he is responsible for pop culture and pop music. Aside from publications on the subject of pop culture and pop music in a variety of newspapers and magazines at home and abroad, he has published two books. He has also performed as a record spinner, touring with DJ evenings paired with literary readings.

Elisabeth FuchsElisabeth Fuchs

Conductor Chief conductor of the Salzburg Philharmonic, with which she has performed a wide repertoire in the great auditoriums of Salzburg. Since 2012 Elisabeth has enjoyed regular collaborations with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and since 2014 has conducted nearly every season of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Her work with children and young people is of great importance to her and she founded the Salzburg Children's Festival, Salzburger Teen Concerts and Salzburger Apprentice Concerts.

Elisabeth SchneiderElisabeth Schneider

Culture manager and mediator Director at "Das Zentrum" in Radstadt. The cultural association was founded in 1981 and is among the most significant cultural institutions in the province of Salzburg. As artistic director, Elisabeth is responsible for programme and project development, as well as implementation. For many years she has been active nationwide, including in Culture Council in the Salzburg Provincial Government, Leader Pongau etc.

Hubert von GoisernHubert von Goisern - Chairman

Musician Composer and producer, working between the poles of world music and folk music, tradition and the modern.

Laura FuchsLaura Fuchs - Co-ordination

MA in Culture Industry; Laura is responsible for co-ordinating the award ceremony and supports the jury in evaluating applications in the field of film and media.

Winners of the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2018

Irene Troi - Music educator, Brixen

Irene TroiBorn 1964 in Brixen, Irene earned her diploma in violin performance under Günter Pichler and has been a member of the Concentus Musicus since 1992. Before that the European Youth Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Il Giardino Armonico and many more. Since 1992 she has organised and held music camps for 4-14-year olds and has founded numerous children and youth string orchestras, including the South Tyrolean Symphonic Youth Orchestra. For this commitment and to support her continued work in music education, she is awarded the main prize in 2018.

Mike Ramsauer - Documentary film-maker, Abtenau

Mike RamsauerBorn in Abtenau, studied architecture at the Graz University of Technology, followed by training as a documentary cameraman at the Zelig Film School in Bolzano. Mike Ramsauer is a freelance documentary film cameraman and director. In his 2017 documentary film Quellmalz he tells the story of the SS musicologist Dr. Alfred Quellmalz, who in the 1930s and 40s archived the folk songs of the German-speaking South Tyroleans being assimilated into the German Empire. For this portrait of customs caught between two dictatorships, he receives the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award. Find out more about Mike Ramsauer:

Margarethe Hlawa - Cultural event organiser, Hallein

Margarethe HlawaMargarethe Hlawa-Grundner, born 1980, completed her studies in concert violin at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She now appears mainly with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, as well as being involved in numerous other formations. In the summer of 2015 she and her husband opened Café Kurkuma in Hallein. From the very beginning, the little stage in the café was a venue for the arts: for charity concerts, for professionals and for those who would otherwise have nowhere to have a go. She receives the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award for both her own musical prowess and her tireless engagement, which reflects both her love for the arts, as well as a rare social conscience. Find out more about Margarethe Hlawa:

Christoph Sietzen - Percussionist, Salzburg

Christoph SietzenLuxembourger Christoph Sietzen, born 1992 in Salzburg, started learning percussion at the age of six and later studied marimba under the tutelage of Bogdan Bacanu and percussion under Leonhard Schmidinger and Josef Gumpinger at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, graduating with honour. In the course of his studies Christoph Sietzen also dedicated his time to his second instrument, the double bass, as well as the harpsichord, taking a special interest in baroque repertoire. Since 2014 he has held a teaching post at Vienna's University for Music and the Performing Arts. For his musical creativity, he is granted the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award. Find out more about Christoph Sietzen:

The award ceremony 2018

June 2018 | Photos: © Horst Viertbauer
Irene Troi, Margarethe Hlawa, Hubert von Goisern, Christoph Sietzen and Mike Ramsauer

On 11th June 2018 the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award was presented for the first time. Mayor of Salzburg Harald Preuner welcomed guests to the historic Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace, among them cultural representatives from Salzburg and across Austria, as well as family and friends of the prize-winners. Host for the evening was Hage Hein, Hubert's manager, who talked to the artist about his reasons for founding the award. "I want to set an example and encourage people," he explained, "Of course the monetary aspect is important, but above all it's about attention and recognition".

With individual laudations from the jury, the 2018 winners Irene Troi, Mike Ramsauer, Margarethe Hlawa and Christoph Sietzen were presented certificates and branded beechwoods, designed by Hubert von Goisern.

The evening was brought to a close with a musical treat, as percussionist Christoph Sietzen performed a piece by J. S. Bach on the marimbaphone, before providing the accompaniment to a soulful yodel from Hubert von Goisern.