Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Jascha Nemtsov to Make New York Debut

Concert to Honor 100th Anniversary of Founding of Society of Jewish Folk Music

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October 27, 2008, New York, NY

Internationally acclaimed pianist Jascha Nemtsov, in his New York debut, will highlight a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Society, comprised of a group of young Jewish composers at the Imperial Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, is credited with creating a distinctly Jewish national style of art music. The concert is being hosted by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, which houses the music and papers of many Jewish composers, including members of the Society. The gala performance will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City. A pre-concert lecture by Nemtsov will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The program will consist of chamber music and songs that utilize distinctly Jewish idioms and were composed by Society members in the early twentieth century, including Yiddish and Hebrew art songs by Moses Milner, Mikhel Gnesin, and Joel Engel, and instrumental works by Joseph Achron, Alexander Krein, and Solomon Rosowsky. Nemtsov will be joined by other New York instrumentalists and singers. Nemtsov will be joined by other New York instrumentalists and singers.

A Russian-Jewish pianist and musicologist, Nemtsov was awarded a gold medal at the Leningrad Conservatory’s Special Music School and graduated with distinction from the Conservatory in 1986. He moved to Germany in 1992, where he began researching and performing the music of Jewish composers persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust. Nemtsov’s research with the late musicologist Beate Schroeder-Nauenburg led to the rediscovery of pre-Soviet and Soviet music written by Jewish composers—something Nemtsov refers to as the “New Jewish School” of music. They traveled to libraries and archives in Germany, New York (JTS), Israel, and the former Soviet Union and unearthed unperformed music manuscripts, scarce published works and the papers of these forgotten Russian-Jewish composers.

As a performer and recording artist, Nemtsov has recorded twenty-three CDs, for which he has received critical accolades, such as the BBC Music Magazine’s “Disc of the Month” award (April 2006) and the German Record Critics Prize (February 2007). He has played concerts throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. Nemtsov is also a member of the faculty of the University of Potsdam in Germany, where he earned his doctorate in 2004.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students (with student ID). Tickets may be purchased by contacting Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075. For further information about the concert, please contact Dr. Eliott Kahn at (212) 678-8076.