From Prague to Bad Tölz: Fascinating Piano Music by Hans Winterberg I November 19, 2023

Sunday, November 19, 2023, 6:00 p.m.
Kurhaus Bad Tölz
Ludwigstr. 25
83646 Bad Tölz

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The composer and pianist Hans (Hanuš) Winterberg, born in Prague in 1901, found his final resting place in Bad Tölz in 1991. Winterberg, a student of Alexander von Zemlinsky, was part of Czechoslovakia’s musical elite in the 1930s and was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp on January 26, 1945 because of his Jewish descent. Winterberg’s fascinating oeuvre has only recently been rediscovered and published in a collaboration between the Exilarte Center of the mdw and the publishing house Boosey & Hawkes.

The internationally renowned English pianist Jonathan Powell plays a pioneering role in this Winterberg renaissance. The winner of the German Record Critics’ Prize in 2021 places Winterberg in the context of Czech piano music and builds a bridge between Czech and contemporary Viennese traditions. A highlight of the recital is the premiere of Winterberg’s 4th piano sonata.

 Afterwards, a discussion will examine Winterberg’s biography, work and rediscovery of his legacy against the background of the historical developments of the 20th century.


Event in cooperation with the Bad Tölz Singing and Music School, Peter Puskas, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Czech Center Munich, Cultural Department for the Bohemian Countries in the Adalbert Stifter Association


Jonathan Powell, piano


Bernhard Neuhoff, BR Klassik

In conversation:

Peter Kreitmeir (grandson of Hans Winterberg)

Petr Brod (journalist, London – Munich – Prague)

Michael Haas (Exilarte Center of the mdw, Vienna)

Frank Harders-Wuthenow (Boosey & Hawkes, Berlin)

Lubomir Spurny (Masaryk University, Brno)