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Exilarte invited by the Alte Schmiede in Vienna – Live-Stream Concert | March 5, 2021

Invited by the Alte Schmiede, one of the top addresses for contemporary music in Austria with a long tradition, the Exilarte Center at the mdw is presenting a live-stream concert that establishes a connection between composers who were forced into exile by the Nazi-regime and works which were created in the 21st century and deal with the issue of displacement and flight. Repression and censorship in the former USSR will also be addressed in this concert through a composition by Elena Firsova. Works by NS-expelled composers Ursula Mamlok, Ruth Schönthal, Alexandre Tansmann and Walter Bricht, who all found a second home in the USA, are juxtaposed with newly created compositions by Gabriele Proy (world premiere) and Helmut Jasbar.

Ulrike Anton | Flute 
Armin Egger | Guitar
Christine Roider | Cello
Miyuki Schüssler | Piano
Moderation: Gerold Gruber

Friday, March 5, 2021, 8 P.M. (CET)

Livestream: Alte Schmiede in Vienna


Ruth Schönthal: A Bird‘s Song About
for Flute and Piano 

Helmut Jasbar: Fluchtstücke – Fugitive Pieces
for Flute, Cello and Piano

Ursula Mamlok: Variations
for Solo Flute 

Gabriele Proy: Hommage an Ursula Mamlok
for Flute and Cello (world premiere*)
*Commissioned by with the kind support of the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation

Alexandre Tansman: Hommage à Chopin
for Solo Guitar 

Elena Firsova: Otzvuki (Echoes), op. 59
for Flute and Guitar

Walter Bricht: Variations on an Old German Children Song, op. 40
for Flute, Cello and Piano 

Walter Bricht | Ursula Mamlok | Ruth Schönthal | Alexandre Tansman

Photos, livestream concert (March 5th, 2021)

CD „Treasures from the Center”


Students and young graduates of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna interpret works by Julius Bürger, Hans Gál, Wilhelm Grosz, André Singer and Hans Winterberg.

This CD gives a musical overview of the estates that have been handed over to the archive of the Exilarte Center in recent years or that are closely related to the research projects of the center.

For further information please contact:

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.

Exilarte Prize awarded for the 4th time at the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020 in Schwerin, Germany

For the 4th time the Exilarte Center of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna awarded the Exilarte prize in the final round of the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020, which was founded in 2001 in Schwerin, Germany. Inga Balzer (soprano) and Wolf Tilman (piano) convinced the jury with their interpretation of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s song cycle Unvergänglichkeit. As part of this special prize, the duo will be invited to give a concert within the Exilarte concert series “Echo of the Unheard” in Vienna in the coming season.

Dr. Ulrike Anton, member of the jury at the International Interpretation Competition Verfemte Musik 2020 in Schwerin, presents the Exilarte prize to soprano Inga Balzer and pianist Tilman Wolf. October 11th, 2020 (Foto: Oliver Borchert)

“In Exile” – Exilarte in cooperation with the 8th Vareš Classic Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina | September 28 – October 4, 2020

3 concerts live on youtube

Livestream from the Liszt Hall, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

This project is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo. Due to the current Covid-19 situation performances will partly take place online.

On September 28th, September 30th and October 4th, 2020, the WISE Soloists Ensemble & friends will present, among others, works by Julius Bürger, Hans Gál, Wilhelm Grosz and Vally Weigl, who were all forced to flee from the terror of the NS-regime. The performances are part of the 8th Vareš Classic Festival.

The three concerts will be moderated by Gerold Gruber, chairman and founder of, and Andrea Nikolić, director of the Vareš Classic Festival.

Monday, 28.09.2020, 7 PM
“A Song in EXILE”


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Adelaide, op. 46
Ich liebe dich, WoO 123

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Emil Cossetto (1918-2006): Cancion Sefardita de Bosnia “Los Moricos Cantan”

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Wilhelm Grosz (1894-1939): A Song in Exile

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987) : Abend auf dem Fluß, op. 33, Nr. 5

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Julius Bürger (1897 – 1995): String Quartet Nr.2

Andrea Nikolić (violin), Edua Zadory (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Wednesday, 30.09.2020, 7 PM
“Paradiso in EXILE“


Meinhard Rüdenauer (*1943): Concerto al Paradiso (2019)

Nataša Veljković (piano), Ivana Nikolić (oboe), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Gabriele Proy (*1965): Amethyst for Solo Violin

Edua Zadory (violin)

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987)
Concertino for Flute und String Quartet, op. 82

Ulrike Anton (flute), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Edua Zadory (violin), Marta Potulska (viola),
Liliana Kehayova (cello)

Sunday, 04.10.2020, 7 PM
“Women in EXILE“

Vally Weigl (1894 – 1982) : Bird of Life for Solo Flute
VI. Bird’s Farewell to the Setting Sun

Ulrike Anton (flute)

Thea Musgrave (*1928)
Night Windows for Oboe and Piano

Ivana Nikolić (oboe), Stipe Bilić (piano)

Lera Auerbach (*1973): T’filah for Solo Violin

Andrea Nikolić (Violine)

Johanna Doderer (*1969): Rosa lacrimosa

Josipa Bainac (soprano), David Hausknecht (piano)

Gabriele Proy (*1965) : Alchemilla vulgaris
In memoriam Johanna Dohnal

Ulrike Anton (flute), Andrea Nikolić (violin), Marta Potulska (viola), Liliana Kehayova (cello)

100th birthday of Walter Arlen – the Center congratulates!

A film collage by Richard Haufe-Ahmels
Introduction by Dr. Claudia Gordon, Director Villa Aurora

Blog article by Michael Haas on the website:

Congratulations of the staff of the Center at the mdw – University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna

A Tribute to Walter Arlen’s 100th Birthday by Daniel Vnukowski

SWR Feature about Walter Arlen by Andreas Maurer

Birthday articles in:
The Time, Courier, The Standard

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“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

Opening: October 2020

Everyone knows the dream couple of film, opera and operetta Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, superstars of the mid-twentieth century. Their singing and ability to mix musical genres captivated the masses. They brought the public back to opera and operetta at a time when these were long since assumed to be in decline. Celebrity and political journalists followed their every move. One could not evade their presence and charisma. They enchanted and seduced publics on both sides of the Atlantic. Their unique timbre continues to enthrall people to the present day.

Nevertheless, both the Hungarian soprano and the Polish tenor found themselves forced to turn their back on their chosen homeland of Austria following its 1938 annexation by Nazi Germany. In February 1938 Jan Kiepura accepted an engagement at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. While performing in Paris in September 1939 (at the time of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II), both realized that returning to Vienna was out of the question. Yet they took the vanished world of Austria and the Viennese flair with them overseas. They shared their fate with countless musicians, performers, librettists and composers. Many colleagues would follow them into exile while others remained to face arrest, imprisonment and death, damned to oblivion by a murderous regime.

“My Song for You” is an exhibition that restores the memory of their film and stage careers as well as the opera dream couple’s artistic legacy. The presentation also reminds visitors of the fate of many of Marta Eggerth’s and Jan Kiepura’s friends, colleagues and associates who accompanied them through their careers, whose own legacies, however, were prevented from entering our collective memory by National Socialism.

The exhibition also focuses on Paul Abraham, Carl Alwin, Ralph Benatzky, Robert Gilbert, Fritz Grünbaum, Maria Jeritza, Emmerich and Charles Kálmán, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Lotte Lehmann, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Paul Morgan, Artur Rubinstein, Mischa Spoliansky, Billy Wilder and about 100 other people.

Online-Lecture with Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr | July 6, 2020

Lew Nussimbaum, alias Essad Bey, alias Kurban Said: Border Crosser – Cosmopolitan – Jewish Muslim – Orientalist in Exile

Gregorij H. von Leitis, founding director of Elysium and winner of the New York Theater Club Prize and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, reads from the fantastic work of Lew Nussimbaum.

Introduction: Michael Lahr, Program Director of Elysium / Director The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive

In his short life, the Russian Jewish writer Lew Nussimbaum (1905 – 1942) came into contact with all the movements of the early 20th century: communism, fascism and National Socialism. Having fled to Berlin from Baku, which was gripped by the October Revolution, he converted to Islam there in 1922 and changed his name to Essad Bey. He began to write, especially for The Literary World by Willy Haas. His first book Oil and Blood in the Orient immediately became a bestseller. In rapid succession he wrote 13 other books, including biographies of Mohammed, Stalin and Nicholas II. In 1936 he published the novel Ali and Nino under the pseudonym Kurban Said, a Romeo and Juliet story set at the interface between Islam and Christianity. He fled from the Nazis to Vienna, and finally after the “Anschluss” to Italy, where he died of a rare disease in Positano in 1942.

The Lahr von Leitis archive has been part of the Centre of the mdw since 2018.

Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard” – Berg, Herschkowitz and Students | January 23, 2020

Elisabeth Leonskaja und Sara Hershkowitz interpretieren Berg, Herschkowitz und Schüler Konzert „Echo des Unerhörten“ im ORF Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal

Die beiden Ausnahmekünstlerinnen Pianistin Elisabeth Leonskaja und Sängerin Sara Hershkowitz gestalten ein Programm mit Werken des Alban Berg-Schülers Philip Herschkowitz und zweier sehr unterschiedlichen SchülerInnen aus der ehemaligen Sowietunion.

Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesely

Der in Rumänien 1906 geborene Herschkowitz war zuerst Student bei Joseph Marx an der Wiener Musikakademie (heute Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), bevor er Schüler von Alban Berg und Anton Webern wurde. 1939 wurde er vom NS-Regime zur Flucht nach Jugoslawien gezwungen. Nach einem mehrjährigen Exil in Taschkent beabsichtigte er nach Wien zurückzukehren, was aber aufgrund der politischen Lage in der Sowietunion misslang. Daher ließ er sich 1946 in Moskau nieder, wo er Privatunterricht gab. Seine Kompositionstechnik war als „formalistisch“ verpönt, gleichzeitig stand er unter antisemitischer Bedrohung durch die Machthaber. 1949 wurde er aus dem Komponistenverband eliminiert. Herschkowitz war zeit seines Lebens ein einflussreicher Lehrer und unterrichtete unter anderem Edison Denisov, Elena Firsova, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Boris Tischenko und beeinflußte auch die Musikologen Mikhail Druskin, Natan Fishman und Yuri Kholopov.

Auch die junge Pianistin Elisabeth Leonskaja zählte zu seinen SchülerInnen.

Im Gespräch mit Irene Suchy werden die beiden Künstlerinnen über ihren persönlichen Zugang zu Philip Herschkowitz sprechen und seine Werke interpretieren.

Sara Hershkowitz © Thomas Jahn

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Klavier
Sara Hershkowitz, Sopran
Ulrike Anton, Flöte
Moderation: Dr. Irene Suchy


Alban Berg: Sonata für Klavier, op.1
Alban Berg: Frühe Lieder
Philip Herschkowitz: Miniaturen für Klavier
Philip Herschkowitz: Lieder nach Gedichten Paul Celans
Edison Denisov: Vier Gedichte von Gérard de Nerval für Sopran, Flöte und Klavier
Elena Firsova: Zwei Inventionen für Flöte solo

Donnerstag | 23 01 2020 | 19:30 Uhr Konzert „Echo des Unerhörten“
ORF Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Wien

Tickets ab sofort hier erhältlich.
Eintritt: EUR 27,–
ORF RadioKulturhaus-Karte 50%, Ö1 Club 10%