Author: Madeleine Fremuth

“Melancholy”I Exilarte in cooperation with the Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) and VIVA LA CLASSICA! I May 7, 2024


VIVA LA CLASSICA! presents a concert evening with music by ostracized composers: concert on the occasion of Liberation Day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024; 7:30 p.m.
Polish Academy of Sciences
Boerhaavegasse 25
1030 Vienna

Ticket reservation: / box office on site

Works by:

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Erich Zeisl, Rosy Wertheim and others.


Julitta Dominika Walder, soprano

Mateusz Kasprzak-Łabudziński, violin

Piotr Lato, clarinet

Joanna Sochacka, piano

About the program:

The concert is a memorial to the lives and work of the composers whose works were banned under the Nazi regime and labeled “degenerate art” – a term that was then applied to all art forms banned by the Third Reich. Those affected were persecuted because of their origin, their faith, their gender or their sexual orientation. The ensemble VIVA LA CLASSICA! brings these almost forgotten works back to life in his concert program “Melancholy”. We would like to thank the Landstraße district, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Jewish Museum of Galicia for their support.


Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” I April 16, 2024 I Somewhere in the World

© Roman Drits

Pianist Linda Leine and soprano Pia Davila have been working together steadily since fall 2014. This exciting journey began with the 2015 “Schubert and Modernism” competition in Graz, where the duo received third prize. Since then it has been playing throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In Schwerin in 2016, the musicians won first prize in the Ostracized Music Competition – for both of them the beginning of working with music by ostracized composers. Since then, Linda Leine and Pia Davila have developed a wide repertoire, the core pieces of which can now be heard on the CD. There are various reasons why the musicians devote themselves particularly to this topic. In addition to the fantastic musical quality that the often unknown works and texts have, it is important to the two artists to make a social contribution through their profession. While Linda Leine learned the stories of her own Jewish family on her father’s side – her grandfather was interned in several German concentration camps and survived the Holocaust – for Pia Davila, cultivating memory for a democratic and peaceful life in the future is an important concern. For many years she was a member of the “Freundeskreis KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme e.V.” and her work as part of the guest student program for refugees at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater was honored with an invitation to the 2019 New Year’s reception with the Federal President at Bellevue Palace.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! /


Pia Davila, soprano
Linda Leine, piano


Songs by Erich Zeisl, Arnold Schönberg, Ruth Schonthal, Ilse Weber, among others.


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)

Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” I March 18, 2024 I Woodwind Quintet Windobona

© Holzbläserquintett Windobona

The young woodwind quintet Windobona was founded in the summer of 2020 during the Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic. Most members study at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and receive chamber music lessons from Gottfried Pokorny. They are active both nationally and internationally in chamber music and renowned orchestras, which contributes to valuable experience that they now use in the quintet. The ensemble regularly gives concerts throughout Austria, creates its own programs, performs at various events, works on commissioned compositions and plays at prestigious music festivals such as the Carinthian Summer. In 2022 they won 1st prize at the 4th International Cibulka Competition in Graz.

Monday, March 18, 2024, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! /



Anna Karanitsch, flute
Isabella Schwarz, oboe
Klaus Höpfler, horn
Petra Seidl, bassoon
Julienne Spitzer, clarinet


Pavel Haas, Wind Quintet Op. 10

György Ligeti, 6 Bagatelles

Jean Françaix, Quintett Nr. 1


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)

“Stumbling Blocks”I Exilarte in cooperation with the Alma Mahler Philharmonie I March 10 and 20, 2024 I

© Alma Mahler Philharmonie

Sunday, March 10, 2024, 6:30 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – large Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 7:00 p.m
VHS Vienna Urania, Dachsaal
Uraniastrasse 1
1010 Vienna


“… my life only took on content when I began to seriously concentrate on music […] – I was completely on my own…” (Hugo Kauder)

The concert will feature music for string orchestra by Eric Zeisl, Hugo Kauder, Julius Bürger, Mieczysław Weinberg and Gideon Klein. You can also enjoy lively music from Fritz Kreisler and Anita Bild. Never-before-heard archive treasures await you.

The Alma Mahler Philharmonic stands up for composers who have been unjustly forgotten. Part of their commitment is the (re)discovery of the music of exiled composers, especially those who were expelled from Germany and Austria during National Socialism and whose music was banned.

The Alma Mahler Philharmonic is a non-profit chamber orchestra consisting of more than 30 young musical talents. The program will be conducted by Clara Bauer Wagsteiner, a graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The pianist and musicologist Karin Wagner will guide you through the evening with background information and exciting details.


Clara Bauer Wagsteiner, conductor

Pouria Oslanou, violin

Günter Haumer, baritone

Alma Mahler Philharmonic Orchestra

Music for string orchestra by:

Anita Bild, Julius Bürger, Hugo Kauder,

Gideon Klein, Fritz Kreisler,

Mieczysław Weinberg, Eric Zeisl


Karin Wagner

Current Exhibition at the Exilarte Center: Triangel of Viennese Tradition I Zemlinsky – Schönberg – Hoffmann

Inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s 150th birthday, celebrated around the world, the new exhibition at the mdw’s Exilarte Center sheds light on the social and cultural environment of the founder of the Second Viennese School. In particular, attention is paid to Alexander Zemlinsky, who taught Schönberg and introduced him to the Viennese music circles, and to Richard Hoffmann, who was a pupil of Schönberg and later became his assistant.

These three personalities, their professional, friendly and musical connections as well as their fates during the time of the Nazi regime are brought closer using life documents, photos and music manuscripts.

Countless other free spirits of the early 20th century from music, literature, fine arts and architecture as well as wealthy art lovers and patrons met for artistic exchange and lavish festivals in the artists’ colony planned by Josef Hoffmann in what was already the posh 19th district of Vienna. Most of them had Jewish roots and were persecuted by the Nazis. Many were able to emigrate, many died in the concentration camps.

Dazzling personalities such as Alma Mahler-Werfel, Gustav Mahler, Carl Moll, Koloman Moser, Hugo Henneberg, Sigmund Freud, Egon and Emmy Wellesz, Emil and Yella Hertzka, Richard Gerstl, Adolf Loos and Arnold Schönberg inspired one another in this Art Nouveau villa colony, which will be recreated as a model for the exhibition.

Arnold Schönberg was one of the first to emigrate in 1933, Richard Hoffmann in 1935 and Alexander Zemlinksy after the “Anschluss” in 1938… How much does the forced exile change a person, an artist in his work? In the exhibition we take a look at the respective oeuvre before and after fleeing into an uncertain future.

The score for one of Arnold Schönberg’s best-known works, A Survivor from Warsaw, written in the USA in 1947, is contextualised in the exhibition. Alexander Zemlinsky, who had previously written large symphonic works, has almost fallen silent as a result of the persecution: on display are the two song collections that he created in New York from 1938 (op. 27) and 1940 (without op.).

The question of what life in Europe would have been like for millions of people affected without Hitler’s National Socialist racial doctrine can no longer be answered and the loss of artistic potential in Europe as a result cannot be measured. We show the arbitrary bureaucracy with which Jews and people critical of the system were harassed. Documents such as Zemlinsky’s Reich Flight Tax Notice and Alien Registration Receipt Card with fingerprint can be seen in the original.

Zemlinsky and Schönberg managed to escape to the USA by transatlantic steamship, Richard Hoffmann emigrated to New Zealand. Other flight fates, paths to places of exile for women, men and children are reconstructed in the exhibition.

Many composers and musicians from the society around Zemlinsky, Schönberg and Hoffmann did not succeed in finding freedom. They lived underground (e.g. Josef Polnauer, Olga Novakovic and others) or were murdered by the Nazis (e.g. Schönberg’s family members or Schönberg’s friend and publisher Henri Hinrichsen).

“Triangle of the Viennese Tradition” is the title of the connection between three musicians who shared a similar fate as composers, educators and friends: they were of Jewish origin and therefore outcasts and exiles.

Admission free!

Opening hours:

March 05 – December 20, 2024

Tuesday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Holidays: closed

Guided Tours

Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna Lothringerstrasse 18. 1 Floor 1030 Vienna

“Fate”I Exilarte in cooperation with Beethoven Philharmonie I February 21, 2024

© Martin Walz

Fourth piano concerto by Hans Winterberg

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Congress Center Baden
Emperor Franz Ring 1,
2500 Baden

Tickets here.

In Romanticism, the wanderer is a symbol of loneliness, the searching outsider and restlessness. Schubert took up this theme in numerous songs, and it also inspired him in his Wanderer Fantasy.

Hans Winterberg was also an outsider and preoccupied with his identity throughout his life, and it is only now, decades after his death, that he is being discovered as an important composer: born into a Jewish family, becoming a Czech citizen, married to a Catholic woman, in Theresienstadt Interned, emigrated to Germany and honored as a Sudeten German, his work has only recently become accessible. We will premiere his Fourth Piano Concerto and discuss its fascinating history in detail in a panel discussion before the concert.

Perhaps Beethoven’s most famous work, his Fifth Symphony, whose main motif is commonly associated with fate, is an ideal complement, leading from Dunkel to a hard-won victory.

© Congress Center Baden


Jonathan Powell, piano

Thomas Rösner, conductor

Beethoven Philharmonic Orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to “Egmont”, op. 84

Franz Schubert / Franz Liszt: Wanderer Fantasy

Hans Winterberg: Piano Concerto No. 4

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

“Worn Out!?” I Rediscovery of persecuted female composers by the time of the Nazi regimeI Concert & ConversationI 26 January, 2024

An event by the Joseph Hellmesberger Institute for String Instruments, Guitar and Harp in Music Education (designated as Alma Rosé Institute for String Instruments, Guitar and Harp in Music Education) under the overall direction of Bettina Schmitt in cooperation with Exilarte. Center for Persecuted Music and the Institute for Music and Movement Pedagogy/Rhythmics and Music Physiology.

Funded by the Gender|Queer|Diversity Call 2022 of the Gender_mdw platform

Friday, January 26, 2024; 6:30 p.m.
Joseph Haydn – Hall mdw-Campus
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna

Admission free!

The event will be streamed live via the mdwMediathek.

About the program:

On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a concert with discussion will take place on the evening before, January 26, 2024 under the title “Erased!? Rediscovery of persecuted female composers during the time of the Nazi regime”. The concert will feature chamber music works by the Nazi regime. Composers Leni Alexander, Anita Bild, Henriette Bosmans, Ursula Mamlok, Ruth Schönthal, Germaine Tailleferre, Vally Weigl, Rosalie Marie Wertheim, who were expelled from the regime, were performed and were selected and rehearsed by project leader, violinist and conductor Bettina Schmitt. At the same time, rhythmic students interpret and movement pedagogy some of these works. In a conversation with the flautist and exile researcher Dr. Ulrike Anton, conducted by colleagues from exilarte, we talk about these rarely performed composers and their artistic work.

In conversation:

Dr. Ulrike Anton, Director of the Arnold Schoenberg Center Vienna
Katja Kaiser, Exilarte Center of the mdw

Now also in Vienna: Book Presentation “MUSIC OF EXILE”I 11 January, 2024

We are pleased to receive the book “Music of Exile – The Untold Story of Composers Who Fled Hitler” (Yale University Press, 2023) by the renowned author and researcher of “exiled music” Dr. Benjamin Michael Haas to Vienna after a successful presentation in London.
Thursday, 11 January 2024, 6:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna
Dorotheergasse 11
1010 Vienna

Free Admission! Register here.

Greeting: Rektorin Mag.a Ulrike Sych

In Conversation: Benjamin Michael Haas mit Gerold Gruber

Musical Accompaniment:

Steven Scheschareg, Bariton
Josipa Bainac, Mezzosopran
David Hausknecht, Klavier
Cristina Basili, Violoncello

Works by:

Walter Arlen, Walter Bricht, Julius Bürger, Richard Fuchs, Robert Fürstenthal 

About the Book:
What happens to a composer when persecution and exile means their true music no longer has an audience?
In the 1930s, composers and musicians began to flee Hitler’s Germany to make new lives across the globe. The process of exile was complex: although some of their works were celebrated, these composers had lost their familiar cultures and were forced to navigate xenophobia as well as entirely different creative terrain. Others, far less fortunate, were in a kind of internal exile—composing under a ruthless dictatorship or in concentration camps and ghettos.

Michael Haas sensitively records the experiences of this musical diaspora. Torn between cultures and traditions, these composers produced music that synthesized old and new worlds, some becoming core portions of today’s repertoire, some relegated to the desk drawer. Encompassing the musicians interned as enemy aliens in the United Kingdom, the brilliant Hollywood compositions of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and the Brecht-inspired theater music of Kurt Weill, Haas shows how these musicians shaped the twentieth-century soundscape—and offers a moving record of the incalculable effects of war on culture.
About Autor:
Benjamin Michael Haas, PhD was for many years a recording producer with Decca and Sony. 1994/5 he was appointed Vice President of Sony Classical in NY. He has won a number of Grammys, initiated and led Decca’s recording series “Entartete Musik”. From 2002 – 2010, he worked as Music Curator at Vienna’s Jewish Museum. From 2000 – 2015 he was director at London University’s Jewish Music Institute and in 2015/16, he was a Research Associate at the University College London’s School of Jewish and Hebrew Studies. Since 2016 he has acted as Senior Researcher at mdw’s Exilarte Center, which he co-founded.

Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” I December 12, 2023 I André Singer and Hans Winterberg

© Exilarte© Peter Kreimeir ; © Sarah Lawrence College

Piano trios are an important part of the compositional work of André Singer and Hans Winterberg. The planned concert evening will feature the two still largely unknown but musically fascinating trios, interpreted by pianist David Hausknecht, violinist Floris Willem and cellist Cristina Basili.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! /


Floris Willem, violin
Cristina Basili, cello
David Hausknecht, piano


Hans Winterberg – Sudetensuite
André Singer – Klaviertrio Op. 32
Antonin Dvořák – Klaviertrio „Dumky“ No. 4, Op. 90


Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center of mdw)

Concert Series „Echo of the Unheard“ I November 22, 2023 I Hans Winterberg Festival

© Exilarte

Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7 p.m.
Palais Ehrbar – small Ehrbar Saal
Mühlgasse 28
1040 Vienna

Admission free! /


INEO Quartet: Nadia Kalmykova, violin | Ljuba Kalmykova, violin | Yan-Lok ​​Hoi, viola | Constantin Paul Siepermann, viola
Duo: Weronika Strugala, viola | Zuzanna Basińska, piano
Quintet: Raika Yamakage, violin | Ayaka Matsudomi, clarinet | Helena Riedl, clarinet | Max Pichler, horn | Gabriel Meloni – piano

Works by Hans Winterberg

Sonata for cello and piano
String Quartet ( 1942) – Premiere of the complete version
Quintet for violin, 2 clarinets, horn and piano (1935)- Premiere


Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber (founder of and head of the Exilarte Center)