Mendelssohn Stipendium recipients

This competition for music students was first awarded in 1879 and ended in 1934.The idea was to award two prizes of 1500 Marks each year: one to a “producing” artist (composer); and one to a “reproducing” artist (performer). However, from the beginning there were variations in how the prizes were distributed. There were almost always more than two recipients, and in the first decades there were also honorable mentions (marked “E.E.” or “L.E.”) and a few times travel money was given out.
It was open to all students at a state-subsidized music training institute in Germany without distinction of age, sex, religion, and nationality. In its first decades the winners were overwhelmingly from the Berlin Hochschule and even more predictably violin students of Joachim.

The current incarnation of the award, since 2013, is the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition. This official website includes a list of winners from the original award. The other main source for the following list is Rudolf Elvers, “Aus der Geschichte: der Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Stiftung in Berlin,” Mendelssohn Studien (Duncker & Humblot., 2003): 345-370. According to Elvers, there are no official records for the years 1907-1911, and there were no awards from 1921-1924 due to devaluation of currency.
There was another Mendelssohn Scholarship conferred in Britain that is often confused with the German one.

My list includes information from news announcements in music journals. In the far column, “BP” indicates Berlin Philharmonic, the date being the first appearance; and “H” standing for being a member of the Berlin Hochschule’s faculty.

NameYearInstrumentAmount (Mark)Name variantsOther sourceOccupation
Humperdinck, Engelbert1879Composition1500
Kotek, Josef1879Violin1500J
Kruse, Johann1879Violin750J; BP KM 1883-1885
Seyffardt, Ernst1879Violin750
Soldat, Marie1880Violin750J: BP 29.12.1882
Wolf, Carl1880Composition750
Adam, Alex1881400
Braun, Sophie1881240
Kaufmann, Fritz1881Composition1500BP 6.10.1893 conductor
Knauth, Gotthold1881Piano240
Kruse, Johann1881Violin2402nd award
Moser, Andreas1881Violin240J; H
Smyth, Ethel1881CompositionL.E.BP 19.12.1928 conductor
Sormann, Alfred1881Piano240BP 18.11.1886
Stavenhagen, Bernhard1881Piano1500BP 29.1.1885
Wulfrum, Philipp1881Composition400
Gebhardt, Martin1882Organ200
Harriers, Elsa1882Voice200
Harzer, Marie1882Voice200
Mendelssohn, Arnold1882CompositionL.E.
Prill, Karl1882ViolinL.E.J; BP 21.10.1895
Schneider, Carl1882Composition200
Schwieder, Martha1882Piano200
Soldat, Marie1882Violin15002nd award
Adam, Alex18832002nd award
Gorter, Albert1883composition300
Harzer, Marie1883Voice2002nd award
Meyer, Hedwig1883Piano250
Schwieder, Martha1883Piano200
Seyffardt, Ernst1883Composition15002nd award
Stoltzenberg, Georg1883Composition200
Tannenberg, Elise1883Piano200
Wietrowetz, Gabriele1883Violin1500J; BP 9.12.1885
Witt, Margarethe1883Violin250
Grothe, Carl1884organ1500(blind)
Haasters, Anna1884Piano400BP
Krause, Solma1884Piano150
Puchat, Max1884Composition1500BP 10.12.1890
Schneider, Carl18841502nd award
Beckmann, Ida1885Violin300
Mette, Marie1885VoiceE.E.
Richter, Fanny1885Piano250BP 23.3.1887
Stoltzenberg, Georg1885Composition15002nd award
Wietrowetz, Gabriele1885Violin15002nd award
Will, Margarete1885Piano250
Gregorowitsch, C1886Violin200J; BP 11.11.1887
Kindler, Hermann1886Cello200
Morgan, Geraldine1886Violin200BP 3.1.1887
Pfannstiel, Bernhard1886Organ160
Radecke, Olga von1886Piano1500
Baußern, Waldemar von1887Composition400BP 3.11.1888 conductor
Eyken, Heinrich van1887Composition200H
Fassbänder, Peter1887Composition900music director Luzern
Gregorowitsch, C1887Violin4002nd award
Morgan, Geraldine1887Violin15002nd award
Odenwald, Felix1887Composition
Pfannstiel, Bernhard1887Organ2002nd award
Behm, Ed1888Composition400BP 6.1.1890
Campbell, Lucy1888Cello200
Gregorowitsch, C1888Violin15003rd award
Neumann, Mathieu1888Composition400
Pfannstiel, Bernhard1888Organ100 Reisehilfe3rd award
Richter, Fanny1888Piano2502nd award
Sherwood, Percy1888Piano200
Straesser, Ewald1888Composition700
Sherwood, Percy1889Composition15002nd award
Becker, Dora-Valeska1890ViolinE.E.J; BP 7.5.1890
Behm, Ed1890CompositionE.E.2nd award
Campbell, Lucy1890Cello2502nd award
Dooren, E. Van1890Composition250
Eldering, Bram1890Violin300J; BP KM 1891-94
Grabert, Martin1890Composition400
Koch, Friedrich1890Composition1500BP 6.1.1890 as conductor
Markees, Carl1890ViolinE.E.J; BP 19.2.1892; H
Oppitz, Max1890Clarinet1500
Piening, Carl1890Cello400
Roner, Hermann von1890ViolinE.E.Roner von EhrenwerthJ
Ronge, Elisabeth1890PianoE.E.RougeBP 15.12.1890
Schmidt, August1890Piano1500
Behm, Eduard1891Composition15003rd award
Kirchdorffer, Felice1891Piano750
Lentz, Rudolf1891Violin400J
Rode, Mina1891Violin400J; BP 11.3.1897
Schwalbe, Betty1891Violin750SchwabeJ; BP 18.2.1892
Dooren, E. Van1892Composition2002nd award
Jordan, Helene1892Voice1500BP 2.5.1887; H
Lentz, Rudolf1892Violin4002nd award
Mayer, Lina1892PianoE.E.
Schindler, Rosa1892Violin200J; BP 17.12.1901
Ecker, Emil1893200Eckert
Heineberg, Amelia1893PianoE.E.
Kühler, Nellie1893Piano300
Lentz, Rudolf1893Violin15003rd award
Lerdahely, Olga von1893Violin300ZerdahelyiJ
Löser, Gustav1893200
Macdonald, Kati1893PianoE.E.
Reynolds, Lizzie1893PianoE.E.
Saar, Louis1893Composition200
Schrattenholz, Leo1893Composition300BP 18.11.1892; H
Thiel, Carl1893Composition1500
Bendler, Heinrich1894Piano300
Grabert, Martin1894Composition15002nd award
Rode, Mina1894ViolinE.E.2nd award
Schäfer, Dietrich1894Piano1500
Taylor, May C.1894CompositionE.E.
Tholfus, Toni1894Piano300
Bachmann, Walter1895PianoE.E.
Bendler, Heinrich1895Violin600BandlerJ
Hall, Elsie1895Piano1500BP 18.4.1896
Bachmann, Walter1896Piano15002nd award
Brockmann, Juanita1896Violin200J
Hartmann, Josephine1896Piano200
Jackson, Eleonore1896Violin300J; BP 13.2.1897
Juon, Paul1896Composition1500H
Michalen, Bartha1896Piano300
Hodapp, Frida1897Piano200BP 24.11.1904
Jackson, Eleonore1897Violin15002nd award
Schleicher, Ferdinand1897Violin, Voice200
Backhaus, Wilhelm1898Piano200BP 1905
Bender, Marie1898PianoE.E.H
Hodapp, Frida1898Piano15002nd award
Levy, Heniot1898Piano200
Palaschko, Johannes1898Violin200J
Schrattenholz, Leo1898Composition15002nd award
Bender, Marie1899Piano15002nd award
Brockmann, Juanita1899Violin2002nd award
Devrient, Eduard1899Organ, Piano200
Fall, Siegfried1899Composition1500
Földesy, Arnolf1899Cello250ArnoldSolo cellist BP 1915-16
Hochkoppel, Christian1899PianoReisehilfe
Jahr, Bertha1899Voice500
Krüger, Herbert1899Flute150
Levy, Heniot1899Piano2002nd award
Palaschko, Johannes1899Violin3002nd award
Saal, Alfred1899Cello150
Sussmann, Jascha1899ViolinL.E.J
Wittenberg, Alfred1899Violin300J; BP 22.11.1902
Adam, Gertrud1900Voice200
Gorge, Corinna1900Violin300CorynJ
Kirsch, Hedwig1900Piano300BP 1903
Klingler, Karl1900Violin1500J; H
Rössler, Richard1900Composition1500H; BP 13.11.1908 (organ)
Sussmann, Jascha1900Violin2002nd award
Zilcher, Hermann1900Piano200BP 26.10.1928
Börner, Curt1901Composition1500
Kuntze, Olga1901Piano200
Ney, Elly1901Piano200BP 26.10.1906
Schulz, Erna1901Violin300SchultzJ; BP 30.10.1903
Wittenberg, Alfred1901Violin15002nd award
Zilcher, Hermann1901Piano3002nd award
Gorge, Corinna1902Violin6002nd award
Schildbach, Max1902Cello400
Schulz, Erna1902Violin15002nd award
Sittard, Alfred1902Composition1500BP 12.10.1903 (organ)
Smith, Nellie1902Piano200
Birmbaum, Amelie1903Violin200AmalieJ; BP 7.3.1903
Bünte, Charles1903PianoL.E.H
Fricke, Richard1903Composition
Hahn, Olga1903Piano400
Vögely, Fritz1903Composition300
Waghalter, Wladyslaw1903Violin1500J
Zimmermann, Helene1903Piano300
Brockmann, Juanita1904ViolinL.E.3rd award
Dölling, May1904Piano200
Drews, Martha1904ViolinL.E.J; BP 20.10.1904
Epstein, Lonny1904Piano300
Kleinert, Frau1904Voice300
Kroemer, Herr1904Violin200RichardJ
Paszthorie, Palina v.1904Violin1500Palma von PasthoryNzfM 2 Nov 1904 786J; BP 3.11.1910
Stöcker, Adele1904PianoL.E.
Stoltz, Eugenie1904Violin (?)L.E.
Zeitz, Herr1904Composition200
Czerwonky, Richard1905Violin300J; BP 6.1.1906
Epstein, Lonny1905PianoL.E.2nd award
Ferchland, Helene1905Violin1500J; BP 15.10.1903
Helberger, Bruno1905PianoL.E.
Höhn, Alfred1905Piano400
Knyper, Elisabeth1905Composition1500BP; H
Lewysohn, Elisabeth1905Voice200
Michaelis, Melanie1905Violin300J; BP 9.2.1906
Rywkind, Joseph1905Violin200J
Scholl, Thekla1905Piano300
Schuster, Margarete1905VoiceL.E.
Smith, Nellie1905Piano4002nd award
Stoltz, Eugenie1905Cello3002nd award
Uhlmann, Eva1905Violin300
Waghalter, Wladyslaw1905ViolinL.E.2nd award
Gurovitch, Sara1906Cello200
Klemperer, Otto1906PianoL.E.BP 22.2.1907
Martick, Elfriede1906Voice1500
Rywkind, Joseph1906Piano (?)2002nd award
Stefaniai, Emerich1906PianoL.E.BP 3.1.1907
Steinhausen, Paul1907CompositionKlavier-Lehrer 336
Rywkind, Joseph1908Violin3rd award
Franzen, Paul1909PianoE.E.MW (1909): 408.Students of Prof Engesser, Hoch Konservatorium
Jung, Eduard1909PianoE.E.MW (1909): 408.
Kürmann, Therese1909ViolinDie Musik 9 no. 6.1From Köln
Rohloff, Max1909compositionDie Musik 9 no. 6.1Gernsheim student
Harrison, Beatrice1910CelloLe Ménestrel 76 (1910): 334.
Toch, Ernst1910Composition
1911
Amar, Liceo1912ViolinL.E.LiccoBP 1916-1920
Fränkel, Georg1912Composition1500
Meyer, Walter1912Piano200
Richter, Alfred1912ClarinetL.E.
Wikarski, Romuald1912PianoL.E.
Bassermann, Hans1913Violin100BessermannBP KM 1911-12
Bezak, Anna1913Violin100
Gmeiner, Luise1913Piano350BP 18.1.1913
Henning, Elsa1913PianoL.E.
Knörzer, Adolf1913Voice100
Levitzki-Levine, Mischa1913Piano100LevitzkiBP 13.2.1928
Pathy, Ilonka von1913PianoL.E.
Racky, Rudolf1913Piano100
Schulhoff, Erwin1913Piano1500
Trapp, Max1913Composition350BP 24.11.1928
David, Hans1914Composition300HannsBP 28.1.1921 conductor
Ehlers, Alice1914Cembalo100
Frischenlager, Friedrich1914Composition500
Gmeiner, Luise1914Piano1502nd award
Rohloff, Gertrud1914Violin200J (1905-07)
Rothschild, Fritz1914Composition1500
Schurzmann, Katharina1914Composition250
Schütz, Adolf1914OrganL.E.
Sömme, Johanna1914PianoL.E.MargaretheBP 24.11.1915
Stoessel, Albert1914Violin200
Trapp, Max1914Composition2002nd award
Behrend, Lydia1915PianoL.E.
Brode, Emmy1915Violin200
Ehlers, Alice1915CembaloL.E.2nd award
Kempf, Wilhelm1915Composition750BP 6.12.1916
Sumpf, Käthe1915ViolinL.E.
Wickop, Margarethe1915CompositionL.E.
Bodky, Erwin1916Composition400BP 10.11.1926 piano
Bund, Hans1916Piano150
Choinanus, Siegfried1916Composition250
Frischenlager, Friedrich1916Composition4002nd award
Koschat, Steffi1916Violin1500KoschateBP 10.11.1917
Queling, Maria1916Violin1/2 of 1500RieleNZfM (1916): 340.BP 9.1.1919
Shattschneider, Alfred1916Cello150
Spors, Dr. Bruno1916Composition400
Buder, Fritz1917CompositionL.E.
Kempf, Wilhelm1917Composition7502nd award
Kempf, Wilhelm1917Piano15003rd award
Peeters, Emil1917Composition400
Pincus, Anna1917CembaloL.E.
Trau, Gisela1917Cello200
Westermeyer, Karl1917Composition750
Wilenski, Richard1917PianoL.E.
Radnitz, Anna1918Violin200
Schröder, Erna1918Violin200
Vladigerov, Pancho1918CompositionBP 17.3.1921 piano
Blume, Hermann1919Waldhorn300
Tauber, Max1919Composition?
Weill, Kurt1919Composition300
Wilenski, Richard1919Piano?2nd award
Bodky, Erwin1920Composition2002nd award
Radnitz, Anna1920Violin6002nd award
Vladigerov, Pancho1920Composition2nd award
Goldschmidt, Berthold1925Composition1000
Rostal, Max1925Violin750BP 11.4.1924
Schmitz-Gohr, Ria1925Violin750
Osborn, Franz1926Piano1500BP 4.2.1924
Pepping, Ernst1926Composition750
Strasfogel, Ignaz1926Composition750
Bernstein, Awiasaf1927?750
Rennen, Heinz1927?750
Goldfarb-Frey, Willy1928?750
Humpert, Hans1928Composition750
Klepper, Leon1928Composition750
Stroß, Willi1928Violin750BP 6.11.1937
Zieritz, Grete von1928Composition1500
Karólyi, Julian1929Piano750BP 2.4.1941
Laugs, Richard1929Piano750BP 26.3.1935
Marx, Dr. Herbert1929Composition1500
Hölscher, Ludwig1930Cello750BP 15.5.1934
Zilzer, Ibolyka1930Violin750
Balsam, Arthur1931Piano500
Fiebig, Kurt1931Composition1500
Piket, Fritz1931Composition1500
Totenberg, Roman1931Violin500BP 8.3.1932
Tunder, Marianne1931Violin500
Borries, Siegfried1932Violin500KM BP 1933-40, 1945-61
Genzmer, Harald1932Composition750
Hannenheim, Norbert von1932Composition750
Kiß, Paul1932Violin500
Zernick, Helmut1932Violin500BP 12.6.1940
Borack, Curt1933Piano375
Heiden, Bernhard1933Composition500
Kreiten, Karlrobert1933Piano375
Peschko, Sebastian1933Piano375
Trenkner, Werner1933Composition500BP 9.10.1934
Vogt, Hans1933Composition500BP 30.11.1939
Weiß, Karl1933Piano375
Kreuter, August1934500
Lueder, Alfred1934750
Schirmer, Karl August1934Piano750
Schmitz, Isabella1934Voice500
Schneider-Marfeld, Johannes1934500
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