Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova – students of Philip Herschkowitz, Exilarte Concert at the ORF Radiokulturhaus, CONCERT POSTPONED

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Elisabeth Leonskaja, Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova – students of Philip Herschkowitz, Exilarte Concert at the ORF Radiokulturhaus, CONCERT POSTPONED

As a former student of Alban Berg and Anton Webern, the composer Philip Herschkowitz was one of the most sought-after private teachers of young musicians in the Soviet Union from after the war until the 1980s. Due to his Jewish origins, Herschkowitz, who was born in Romania, was expelled from Vienna by the Nazi regime in 1938. But also in Moscow, he continued to suffer from officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. His works were denounced as “formalistic”. The focus of this concert are compositions by Dimitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova, who both belonged to Herschkowitz’s circle of private students and whose works, from 1979, were also put onto the regime’s “black list”. The exceptional pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, and former Herschkowitz pupil, has once again been won as interpreter of this program. She will be performing this evening together with singer Alexandra von der Werth, flutist Ulrike Anton, harpist Anna Verkholantseva, violist Marta Potulska and pianist/ composer Alissa Firsova.

In an interview with Irene Suchy, the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja and the composer Elena Firsova will talk about their apprenticeship years with Philip Herschkowitz and the compositions on the evening’s program. The concert takes place in memory of the composer and Herschkowitz student, Dimitri Smirnov, who died of Covid-19 in 2020.

Philip Herschkowitz (©Viktor Suslin)

Works by: Elena Firsova, Dimitri Smirnov und Philip Herschkowitz

Performers:

Elisabeth Leonskaja (Klavier)
Alexandra von der Werth (Sopran)
Ulrike Anton (Flöte)
Anna Verkholantseva (Harfe)
Marta Potulska (Violine)
Alissa Firsova (Klavier)

Moderation:

Dr. Irene Suchy


When: CONCERT POSTPONED

Where: ORF Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
Argentinierstraße 30A
1040 Vienna
Austria