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. The award will ordinarily allocate a total of €15,000 each year for ten years.

Hubert von Goisern Culture Award Ceremony 2020

7th August 2020 | Photos: © Rosemarie Hlawa / Wolfgang Simlinger

The Hubert von Goisern Culture Award was presented for the third time on 5th August 2020. While the ceremony had taken place in Salzburg in the previous two years, this year the historic town of Hallein played host. 

In keeping with the requirements of social distancing guidelines, but fostering strong emotional ties nonetheless, this year's award winners and around 150 invited guests gathered at a remarkable and impressive event in the former salt processing site on the Pernerinsel. 

Owing to the precarious situation, which has become even more potent due to the pandemic, for freelance artists in particular, both the number of recipients and amount of award money was doubled to a total of €30,000 for 10 winners from the fields of visual arts, socially engaged arts, event initiatives and music. 

Following a welcome speech by Governor Wilfried Haslauer, which underscored the unifying nature and social value of culture in general and events like these in particular, there were wonderful performances, excerpts and insights into the work of the award winners. A joint performance by Hubert von Goisern, Claudia Schwab and Stefan Tiefengraber brought the evening to a close.

Guests and artists alike were thrilled by the diverse programme. Thanks to the support from the town of Hallein, which provided accommodation and infrastructure, the award winners were given a further two days after the awards to swap ideas and explore common concepts together, and the opportunity to present them in a final public performance on Friday, 7th August on the Pernerinsel. 

Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2020 presented

171 applications and double the prize money - the interest in the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2020 was great. "Rewarding perseverance and extraordinary engagement is a great show of support. At the same time, the diversity of artistic achievements becomes clear to us," remarked Governor Wilfried Haslauer at the award ceremony in the former saltworks in Hallein.

In response to the difficult situation in which cultural creatives find themselves thanks to corona virus safety measures, musician and benefactor this year doubled the award money to €30,000: "The world is full of unknown, great people. The many inspired applications prove this to me year on year. It is the intention of this award to bring focus and attention to some of these people, that they may give us courage to believe in this world, in the dream of beauty and truthfulness - especially in the face of reports often to the contrary", said eponym Hubert von Goisern. Alongside the five Culture Awards of €4000 each, five Development Awards of €2000 were also presented.

Hubert von Goisern Award for ten creatives

ORF 6th August 2020

Congratulations to the award winners 2020

11th May 2020

Maria Bichler - Culture Award

Maria BichlerWith her project Eat the Artist, the artist offers her self-portrait made out of bird seed as a source of food. Piece by piece birds are able to peck up the artist in her entirety all summer long. Maria Bichler, born in Schwaz, Tyrol, studied sculpture at the Higher Technical Institute in Innsbruck as well as plastic conceptions and ceramics at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, and University of Arts in Berlin.

Julia Lacherstorfer - Culture Award

Julia LacherstorferThe project Spinnerin brings the female perspective of our songs more to our attention. It is a contribution towards making folk music research and the archive material a little more feminine and thus more diverse. Born in Bad Hall, Upper Austria, where she was shaped by folk music, Julia Lacherstorfer studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in jazz and improvised music and violin. Since 2011 she has worked as a freelance musician and composer.

Stefan Tiefengraber - Culture Award

Stefan TiefengraberAs part of the Society for the Development of Sound Art of Artistic Experiments, Stefan Tiefengraber organises sound art concerts at the Tresor Linz. His creations are based mainly on volunteer work, driven by the motivation to open this unique space at the Hauptplatz in Linz for sound art and other experiments. Stefan Tiefengraber, born in Baden bei Wien, lives and works in Linz. His artistic work ranges from audio video noise performances, video and interactive installations, to time-cased works such as experimental videos.

Jesse Grande - Culture Award

Jesse GrandeJesse Grande is a musician and theologian. Following his composition Zuggersiaß and the founding of the band JESSE he will be releasing his first LP this year. Grande is chairman of the Innsbruck Culture Initiative LoR., for the genre-crossing development of the youth Tyrolean music scene. The format includes regular music events at the Treibhaus, the concert series Around the Block, a radio programme on Radio FREIRAD and the streaming programme for LoR. TogetherAtHome with a donation account for the performing bands.

Florian Kreier - Culture Award

Florian KreierMusic and literature have an equal function in Kreier's work: mutually fertilising and nourishing each other. Florian Kreier was born in Traunstein, Germany. Aside from his main project Angela Aux he plays in a variety of bands (Aloa Input, Sepalot Quartet, Midnight Embassy). His aim is to reach people and translate important emotions and psychological impulses into a sustainable form. Kreier's art is about love, sexuality, resistance, rebellion, transcendence - and much more.

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Andreas Huber - Development Award

Andreas HuberAndreas Huber is an orchestral percussionist; bassoon player, and music teacher. He teaches percussion at the state music school in Enns and runs an inclusive percussion ensemble. The project Time Warp is a collaboration with dance teacher Martina Holzweber (concept and choreography) - "an exclusive, inclusive" dance theatre with music, in which not just impaired and able children are brought together, but children of different ages. With the aid of music young people are given the opportunity to break down barriers and create something together.

Claudia Schwab - Development Award

Claudia SchwabBorn in Styria and resident in Ireland for more than 15 years, the connection between Irish and Austrian music is a principal concern for Claudia Schwab. She wrote her dissertation on the subject of "In The Place Of Sound: The Musical Imagination of a Trans-Cultural Home Base".

Chez Fría - Development Award

The project "Chez Fría" stands for a young, up-and-coming generation of musicians, who want to help the Salzburg culture scene - with a mixture of accomplished musical ability, youthful indefatigability and visionary delight in experimentation.

OTTO Kulturgenossenschaft - Development Award

OTTO KulturgenossenschaftThe OTTO Cultural Collective creates and makes possible local and regional proposals. The outlook is international. The collective sees a sound art and cultural business in rural areas not just as a sweetener, but as humus for community, which sustains. The collective wants to renovate the "Alten Postsaal" as the "Neuen Postsaal".

Jan Langer - Development Award

Jan LangerJan Langer, born in Meran, makes country art, that is, art in nature. He creates transient art out of natural materials he finds, photographs the artworks after their completion and ultimately gives them over to nature once more.

To all those who applied ...

11th May 2020

Dear applicants for the HvG Culture Award 2020,

It was a very enriching, joyful, but also challenging task for the jury to select 10 winners from the 171 applications. Doubling the number of awards to be handed out made it no easier. Just like last year, it was the case that the vast majority of people were deserving of an award.

The fact that most naturally go away empty handed should not offend you. Such decisions are always subjective. It says nothing against the value or quality of your activity. I don't know if it's a comfort to you that I've never won such an award either, and have only made it through to the shortlist of a competition. After many fruitless attempts, I gave up and said to myself: I'll show them.

I sincerely thank everyone who applied and wish you all continued strength and joy in the realisation of your ideas.


Hubert von Goisern

The Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2020

The Hubert von Goisern Culture Award is presented once a year. 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.

Together with a three-member jury 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.

"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

Applications for the Hubert von Goisern Culture Award 2021 can be submitted between 1st October 2020 and 31st March 2021. Should you have any questions, please send them to:

The jury

Hubert von Goisern

Hubert von Goisern - Chairman

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

Bernhard Flieher

Bernhard FlieherCulture 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 Fuchs

Elisabeth FuchsConductor 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 Schneider

Elisabeth SchneiderCulture 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.

Margarethe Hlawa-Grundner - Coordination

Margarethe Hlawa-GrundnerMusician & Cultural Event Organiser
Margarethe Hlawa-Grundner 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. Since April 2019 she has been the chairwoman of the Kunst im Ziegenstall association, which manages that stage at the newly named Pan Café.

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