StartUp! Prize

The Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin Society of Friends Prize


Every two years we reward an extraordinarily talented student of the school with theco called “startup!music” prize.

The prize is worth 5000 euros and serves as an initial support on the way towards a successful career as a musician. Parts of this prize go towards services such as a CD recording, a coaching, a photo shoot for the résumé or the creation of a professional website.

We are especially pleased when upon successful entry into his or her career, the prizewinner confers the start-up prize to another young talented student the following year.

The prize is financed by the proceeds from our benefit concert; the international legal firm WilmerHale Berlin has been our exclusive sponsor for this for many years. The prizewinner is announced and bestowed with the award as part of the concert.

Previous startup!music prizewinners

2002 prizewinner: Nikoloay Borchev, baritone Classes of Prof. Scott Weir, Prof. Heinz Reeh. Benefit concert with Thomas Quasthoff, baritone and Justus Zeyen, piano; Martin Wuttke, speaker. Patron: Werner Müller, former German Minister for Economics.

2004 prizewinner: Julian Steckel, cello Classes of Prof. Boris Pergamenschikow (†), Prof. Heinrich Schiff, Vienna; Prof. Antje Weithaas. Benefit concert with the Kuss Quartet and Boris Pergamenschikow, cello. Patron: Dr Werner Müller, former German Minister for Economics.

2006 prizewinner: Stefan Keller, composer Class of Prof. Hanspeter Kyburz. Benefit concert with Louis Lortie, piano. Patron: Michael Glos, former German Minister for Economics and Technology.

2008 prizewinner: Marie Lesch, oboe Class of Prof. Dominik Wollenweber, Benefit concert with Carolin Widmann, violin; Jörg Widmann, clarinet and composer; Oliver Triendl, piano. Patron: Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, former German Minister for Economics and Technology.

2011 prizewinner: Ni Fan, percussion Classes of Prof. Bao Li, Prof. Rainer Seegers and Prof. Franz Schwindelbeck. Benefit concert with Annette Dasch, soprano; Bjoern Colell, guitar; James Baillieu, piano.

2013 prizewinner: Fatma Said, Sopran Classes of Prof. Renate Faltin, Prof. Julia Varady and Prof. Wolfgang Rieger. Benefit concert with Iris Berben, reading;  Trio Laccasax