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The current principal flute of the WDR Funkhausorchestra Cologne was born in 1999 into a family of musicians. From the age of four she began to learn piano from her mother, and at seven she decided on her heart’s instrument – the flute.

She has been studying the flute since 2010, initially at the Anton Bruckner Private University in the Academy for the Promotion of the Gifted. Her first flute professor Prof. Helmut Trawöger particularly shaped and developed her love for the instrument. Since then, she has been very lucky to be continuously taught by experts and personalities in the field, such as Prof. Bernhard Krabatsch (Mozarteum Orchestra) and Raimund Weichenberger (RSO Vienna). Starting 2016, she has been studying in the preparatory course, and from 2018 in the regular course with Prof. Erwin Klambauer (Vienna Symphony Orchestra). She has been taking piccolo lessons since the age of 15 with Anneliese Fuchsluger (Vienna Volksopera), and has also received private lessons from Karin Bonelli (Vienna Philharmonic). Since October 2019 she has been studying piccolo with Peter Verhoyen (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra), also at the Kunstuniversität Graz-Institut Oberschützen. Since September 2020 she has regular private lessons with Wolfgang Breinschmid (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

She has completed numerous master classes, including with Karl-Heinz Schütz (Vienna Philharmonic), Michael Martin Kofler and Martin Belic (both Munich Philharmonic), Mathieu Dufour (Berlin Philharmonic), Francesca Canali, Erwin Klambauer and Gaby Pas van Riet (SWR Stuttgart).

Competitions and Professional Development

Marianna won over 24 first prizes at Prima la musica state and national competitions from 2006 to 2017 in the categories of piano solo, chamber music, flute solo, and chamber music in open ensemble.

In 2009, she was awarded the Ratzenböck scholarship.

From 2011 to 2019 she was a member of the successful percussion trio MasemisemA (13 first prizes at Prima la musica, group victory at the national competition “Musik in kleine Gruppen”, 2014 Kiwanis Kunstpreis Gmunden).

Since 2012 she is a flutist of the JSO Upper Austria and since 2018 she participates in the orchestra “Kollegium Ennsegg”.

In 2014 she won the Musica Juventutis Selection Competition, through which she made her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus in April 2015.

In 2015 she became second in the International Music Competition for Youth in Oldenburg, Germany.

In 2016, she was among the top three in the Eurovision young musicians preliminary competition.

In 2017, she was awarded a scholarship by the Eva Lind Music Academy, which allowed her to attend the master class with Mathieu Dufour (principal flutist Berlin Philharmonic).

In 2019, she was privileged to record Frank Martin’s Ballade for the “Best of Rotary Music Award” CD. The Rotary Music Award was presented to her in 2014.

Concerts took her to the Brucknerhaus Linz, Stadttheater Sterzing, Kolarceva Zaduzbina Belgrade, Festsaal of the Belgrade Parliament, Konzerthaus Vienna, Oldenburger Promenade, Kiwanis Open Air, Kadriorg Castle Tallinn and others. Radio broadcasts in Austria 1, program “Intrada” , as well as “Intrada-Best of Musica Juventutis” and television recordings for RTV Serbia.

In November 2019, she successfully passed the audition for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

In 2020, she joined the orchestra of the Seefestspiele Mörbisch.

In January 2020 she opened, with music by Roman Kariolou, the legendary Kitz Race VIP Party in Kitzbühel under the motto “Mythos 80”.

2021, Marianna Busslechner won the audition for the academy position at the Staatskapelle Dresden. This position offered her the opportunity to play with one of the top 10 orchestras in the world for two years.

In September of 2023 she won the audition for the principal flute position of WDR Funkhausorchestra in cologne.