Category: Events at the Exilarte Center

Courage – Music in Resistance Against National Socialism I June 3, 2024

© The Herbert and Trudl Zipper Archives Collection , Colburn School (LA, USA)

Courage – Music in Resistance Against National Socialism I June 3rd, 2024

The Exilarte Center makes what has been silenced resonate again and makes what has been forgotten visible again.

During the dark times of National Socialism, using music to send a sign of resistance was for many Jewish composers the only way to accuse, rebel or find hope again in desperate situations. Many of them were persecuted, murdered or forced into exile. But their works, which were sometimes created under the most adverse circumstances, still bear witness to unparalleled courage and remind us of the power that music radiates. Music helped to survive and endure what was immediately happening. But the sounds created also made it possible to denounce the injustice of the perpetrators with hidden musical messages. Viktor Ullmann composed his Emperor of Atlantis in the Theresienstadt ghetto, mercilessly holding up a mirror to the terror regime before he was murdered in Auschwitz; Herbert Zipper secretly wrote a resistance song in the Dachau concentration camp and Hans Gál ironically presented the morning wake-up call in the internment camp in Great Britain as a refugee in his Huyton Suite. Some of the still undiscovered works from this program are in the archives of the Exilarte Center of the mdw.

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 8 p.m.

Musikverein Wien

Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium
Musikvereinsplatz 1,
Bösendorferstrasse 12,
A-1010 Vienna


Adrian Eröd, baritone
Raimund Lissy, violin

Clemens Flieder, violin
Ulrike Anton, flute
Armin Egger, guitar
David Hausknecht, piano
Gerold Gruber, lecture


Das Kaddisch


Theresienstadt Suite

from: Vom Jüdischen Schicksal 
Stimme der Vorzeit

Der Kaiser von Atlantis – Auszüge

A Song in Exile

Huyton Suite

Great Times

Hans Winterberg Festival I Jonathan Powell Piano Recital I November 21, 2023

© Exilarte

An event in collaboration with Puskas International, Exilarte – Center for Persecuted Music, Boosey & Hawkes, Austrian-Czech Society, Czech Center Vienna and Czech Embassy in Vienna.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023; 7:30 p.m.

ORF Radiokulturhaus (large broadcasting hall)
Argentinierstrasse 30a
1040 Vienna

Tickets here. 50% off for students.

Jonathan Powell © MARTIN WALZ

About the program:

Jonathan Powell places Winterberg in the context of Czech piano music and builds a bridge between Czech and Viennese traditions of the 1920s and 30s. The highlight of the recital is the premiere of Winterberg’s 4th piano sonata. Afterwards, an international panel discussion will examine Winterberg’s biography, work and the rediscovery of his legacy against the background of the historical developments of the 20th century.

In conversation:

Petr Brod (journalist, Prague)
Gerold Gruber (Exilarte Center, Vienna)
Frank Harders-Wuthenow (Boosey & Hawkes, Berlin)
Lubomir Spurný (Masaryk University, Brno)


Peter Kislinger (Ö1)

ORF Long Night of Museums I October 7, 2023

This year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” will be held throughout Austria on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

The Exilarte Center of the mdw is pleased to take part again. This year the center is once again offering lectures, concerts and guided tours of the exhibition “Fritz Kreisler – A Cosmopolitan in Exile. From child prodigy to ‘king of violinists’” and through our permanent exhibitions.

SPECIAL EVENTS as part of the ORF Long Night of Museums

1) “The songwriting of Erich Wolfgang Korngold”, lecture with music (start: 6:15 p.m.)

Opening: Gerold Gruber, head of the Exilarte Center

Kurt Arrer has been intensively involved with the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and his father Julius Korngold for decades. He is considered an expert in the field of transferring Julius Korngold’s difficult-to-read script. The lecture by the contemporary historian Arrer will be dedicated to the composer’s songwriting. Accompanying the lecture, singers Arabella Fenyves and Josipa Bainac will interpret works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold with pianist David Hausknecht.

2) Exilarte Prize Winners Concert (Start: 8:00 p.m.)

Every two years a competition takes place in Schwerin that is exclusively dedicated to ostracized music. Exilarte awards a special prize that gives the winners the opportunity to take part in a concert in Vienna. The excellent duo with Ruben Mirzoian (clarinet) and Philipp Thönes (piano) were particularly convincing. They will interpret works by Joseph Horovitz (who died in London last year) and Paul Hindemith, among others.

3) “Tif vi di Nakht” with Ethel Merhaut and friends (start: 10:00 p.m.)

While hits like “That only exists once” or “In der Bar zum Krokodil” became absolute box office hits in Austria and Germany, Yiddish songs like “Glik” and “Zog es mir nokh amol” caused sell-outs in New York in the 1930s theater halls. “Tif wie die Nacht”, named after a tango by Abraham Ellstein, spans a musical arc from Europe to America and connects the German-speaking and Yiddish music scenes of the golden 20s and roaring 30s. Together with her outstanding ensemble, Ethel Merhaut strolls virtuosically between chanson, jazz and swing and takes the audience into the golden era of film and entertainment music. Music by Richard Werner Heymann, Abraham Ellstein, Robert Stolz, Sholom Secunda. Texts by Molly Picon, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Peter Herz, Bella Meissel…

4) Quick tours through the exhibition (from 6:30 p.m.)

Fritz Kreisler – A cosmopolitan in exile. From child prodigy to “king of violinists”

The life and work of the famous violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler are presented in the new exhibition at the Exilarte Center with pictures, sheet music, life and sound documents. When the National Socialists came to power in Germany, the star violinist’s performances were accompanied by disruptions and calls for a boycott due to his Jewish origins. His compositions were also no longer played. In September 1939 he immigrated to the USA, where he settled in New York with his wife Harriet.


Tickets can be purchased directly at the Exilarte Center!

Exilarte center of the mdw, Lothringerstraße 18 / 1st floor, 1030 Vienna

Regular: € 15 (incl. VAT)Reduced:* € 12 (incl. VAT)

Free entry for children up to 12 years*Reduced tickets for schoolchildren, students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, military servants and Ö1 Club members. Please have relevant proof ready on site.

You’ll find further information here.

” VORAHNUNG ” (Premonition) Concert in the Exilarte Center of the mdw – Victor Urbancic I June 6, 2023

Watch the live concert recording here.

As part of the “Vorahnung” concert, song compositions by the expelled Austrian composer Victor Urbancic will be heard. The compositions, mostly written before he was twenty, are accompanied by texts by his wife Melitta Urbancic, read by Julia Stemberger.

Tuesday , June 6, 2023, 7 PM (EST)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
Lothringerstrasse 18, 1030 Vienna

Free Entry!
Register to reserve your seats here.

Marina Margaritta Colda – soprano
Julia Tinhof – piano
Julia Stemberger – reading
Gerold Gruber – moderation

“When I compose, I am back in Vienna” Concert at the Exilarte Center of the mdw – Robert Fürstenthal I April 27, 2023

The Exilarte Center presents “16 Songs and Ballads of Life and Decline” by Robert Fürstenthal

Thursday , April 27, 2023, 7 PM (EST)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
Lothringerstrasse 18, 1030 Vienna

Admission free!

Register to reserve your seats here.


Kelly Riordan, mezzo-soprano
Miyuki Schuessler, piano


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

Lecture with Music: “Ukrainian Musicians – Victims of Stalinism” I  June 27, 2022

On June 27, 2022 at 5 p.m., the Ukrainian musicologist Prof. Luba Kyyanovska will talk about outstanding Ukrainian musicians and composers who were active in the second half of the 20th century and persecuted by the Stalinist regime.

The lecture will be musically accompanied by singer Zoryana Kushpler and pianist Iryna Nikolayeva.

An event in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

The lecture will be given in German.

Monday, June 27, 2022
5 p.m.
mdw –University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Admission free!

Wearing an FFP2 mask during the event is recommended.

CD Presentation Hans Winterberg, Piano Music  June 9, 2022

The Exilarte Center at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Cooperation with Toccata Classics.

The Theresienstadt composer Hans Winterberg (1901 – 1991) has only been known to the musical world for a few years. The Exilarte Center is largely responsible for the rediscovery of the composer and will publish a large number of compositions in cooperation with the publishing house Boosey & Hawkes over the next few years.

On her second CD with works by Hans Winterberg, the pianist Brigitte Helbig recorded the Toccata, the First Piano Sonata (1936), the Impressionistische Klavier-Suite, the Suite (1956) and Erinnerungen an Böhmen for Toccata Classics. This new CD will be presented on June 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Franz Liszt Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Prof. Dr. Gerold Gruber, chairman of the Exilarte Center, will guide the audience through this exciting evening, where Brigitte Helbig will interpret some of the works she has recorded. Furthermore, Peter Kreitmeir, grandson of Hans Winterberg, will speak about his numerous efforts supporting the work of his grandfather.

CD Presentation: Piano Music by Hans Winterberg (Volume Two), Toccata Classics

Thursday, June 9, 2022
7:30 p.m.
mdw –University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt-Saal (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Admission free!

Wearing an FFP2 mask during the event is recommended.

The composer Jan Urban – an homage, a project by pianist Biljana Urban in cooperation with the Exilarte Center I March 8 & 9, 2022 (2G)

The Composer Jan Urban – an Homage

The composer Jan Urban, born in Prague in 1875, spent most of his life among the South Slav regions, initially in the Kingdom of Serbia, after 1918 in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and from 1929 until its occupation by the Nazis in 1941 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The declaration of the fascist-run Independent State of Croatia found Urban fleeing the country and returning to Serbia. His best friend, the Jewish conductor Lav Mirsky, together with whom he paved the way for modern Opera and symphonic musical life in Osijek, was deported. Among Jan Urban’s compositions celebrating the Resistance to the Nazis we find Sutjeska and Death of the Hero (Elegy).

Biljana Urban, well-known pianist and granddaughter of Jan Urban, has been advocating for the rediscovery of her grandfather’s works for many years. Her latest project in cooperation with the Exilarte Center at the mdw, which she will present at the Franz Liszt Hall of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna on March 8 & 9, 2022, involves young students from Austria, Serbia, Croatia , Spain and the Netherlands. During the process of preparing for a piano competition the young musicians have thoroughly studied Jan Urban’s oeuvre which they will present in a concert on March 9, 2022. The students will receive additional intensive preparation taking master classes with Biljana Urban.

Biljana Urban will perform works by Jan Urban and Hans Gál in a concert together with singer Annette Fischer and flutist Ulrike Anton on March 8, 2022.

The estate of Jan Urban is located in the archive of the Exilarte Center at the mdw.

Concert with works by Jan Urban and Hans Gál

Biljana Urban, piano
Annette Fischer, soprano
Ulrike Anton, flute

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

2G ( vaccinated or recovered) applies!

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/ Austria

Free admission

Student Performance

With students from Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 p.m.

2G ( vaccinated or recovered) applies!

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
Franz Liszt Hall (3rd floor)
1030 Vienna/Austria

Free admission

Exhibition opening (October 20th, 2020) from Vienna and New York now on Youtube

“My Song For You”: Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura – Between Two Worlds

Exhibition of the Center of the mdw –
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna


Simultaneous event and Livestream from the Liszt Hall of the mdw in Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York now available on Youtube

On the occasion of the transfer of the estate of Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura to the Center of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw), an exhibition has been prepared to present the life of the opera dream couple and their friends and colleagues.

Special Guests:
Ulrike Sych (President of the mdw) and Wolfgang Sobotka (President of the Austrian Parliament)
World-famous tenor Ramón Vargas and Pianist István Bonyhádi

The opening will also be available on mdw Mediathek from November 9th, 2020.

Concert with compositions by Jan Urban, Leoš Janáček and Gideon Klein | October 9, 2018

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Franz Liszt-Saal , Lothringerstraße 18, 1030 WienMit der Pianistin Biljana Urban 

Ein Vergleich mit Leoš Janáček und Gideon Klein

Jan Urbans Kompositionsstil entwickelte sich aus der Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert. Biljana Urban, die Enkelin des Komponisten, selbst international renommierte Pianistin, wird das Werk ihres Großvaters mit seinen Zeitgenossen Leoš Janáček und Gideon Klein vergleichen.