The mdw aims to offer the highest possible level of quality — and the efforts to this end are reflected in the achievements of our students and graduates. You’ll find a number of particularly promising young artists listed below. All of them can already look back on impressive achievements and are now on their way to international careers.

 Marie Kropfitsch, Violine(c) LGT Young Soloists

It was at the age of six that Marie Isabel Kropfitsch, born in 1997, was admitted to Marina Sorokova’s class for the exceptionally gifted at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She currently studies violin (performance) at the mdw with Christian Altenburger.

Marie Kropfitsch in her Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


Yongbom LEE ©Miri Huh(c) Miri Huh

The winner of the 2016 Ö1-Talentebörse Composition Prize is Yongbom Lee of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. This award for young composers, sponsored by the Austrian National Bank, is worth EUR 10,000. The Ö1-Talentebörse Composition Prize, which is unique in this form, has already been awarded for the fifth time and is directed at composition students from the five Austrian music universities in Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, and Graz. A further cooperating partner of the award, Viennese music publisher Universal Edition, will be publishing one of his works.

The jury explained their decision with the following words: "Yongbom Lee is the winner of the 2016 Ö1-Talentebörse Composition Prizee. With him a composer was chosen who has already developed a very original style. The coherence of his submitted works "Inlustris", "Ariadne" and "Traces de lumière" convinced the jury with its great ingenuity. His stylistic diversity, which never ends in arbitrariness, goes hand in hand with an imaginative, technical mastery of the necessary techniques, and we are pleased to present Yongbom Lee with the commission to compose a musical work."

On October 10, 2017, the world premiere of the commissioned work was celebrated in the context of the Ö1 Music Salon (RadioKulturhaus). The chamber music composition "Imaginary Rooms" was performed by an ensemble of the RSO Vienna: Andreas Planyavsky (flute), Franz-Markus Siegert (violin), Solveig Nordmeyer (violoncello), Pawel Dudys (double bass) and Patrick Prammer (percussion).

Both photos: (c) Martina Draper

Yongbom Lee in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


 (c) Monika Lawrenz

Benjamin Herzl, born in Salzburg in 1994, currently studies violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He claimed the third prize at the 2016 International Johannes Brahms Competition, where he also won the Vadim Repin Special Prize for an exceptional Mozart interpretation (violin).

Benjamin Herzl in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


(c) Patrick Muennich

Elias Stejskal, born in Korneuburg in 1991, studies in the Tonmeister Education programme at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He’s proven his talent in projects including the production of his short radio drama “Sollbruchstelle”, with which he won the Track 5 radio drama competition held by Austria’s national cultural station Ö1.

Elias Stejskal in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


Marko Dzomba, Saxophon(c) Miroslav Majstorovic

Marko Dzomba, born in Serbia in 1990, studies saxophone at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He appears as a soloist and as a chamber musician, is a member of the Sonus Saxophone Quartet, and has won several international competitions. Most recently, he won the 2016 “CARSA – Casinos Austria Rising Star Award”.

Marko Dzomba in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


Stefan_Hadžić, Bariton Foto: Emil_Váradi(c) Emil Váradi

Stefan Hadžić studies voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He most recently sang the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi to great success in a production at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, and he was at least equally successful in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff on the same stage in March 2016.

Stefan Hadžić in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


Anna Hawliczek, Foto Jasmin Baumgartner(c) Jasmin Baumgartner

Anna Hawliczek, born in Vienna in 1986, studies camera technology and cinematography with Wolfgang Thaler at Film Academy Vienna (the mdw’s Department of Film and Television). Her most recent film, Unmensch (for which she also co-wrote the screenplay), received several awards including the Max Ophüls Preis and the Diagonale Youth Jury Prize at Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film.

Anna Hawliczek in her Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.


Sebastian Efler, Schlagwerk(c) Eleonora Rueda

Sebastian Efler, born in Basel in 1990 as the son of two concert pianists, attended school and received his early musical training in Austria. He currently studies percussion instruments at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Sebastian Efler in his Ö1-Talentebörse portrait.