Ian Strasfogel

Ignace Strasfogel

The Rediscovery of a Musical Wunderkind

Language: English
84 pages, softcover
16 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-415-3
Publication date: 2020
8.90 €

J├╝dische Miniaturen Bd. 257A

Born in Warsaw in 1909, Ignace Strasfogel was the youngest student ever admitted to the Berlin Hochschule (conservatory), a true wunderkind. A teenaged pupil in Franz Schreker’s famed composition class, his second piano sonata won the Mendelssohn Prize in 1926. He accompanied Joseph Szigeti on a six-month world tour in 1927, made recordings with Carl Flesch, wrote stage music for Max Reinhardt productions, and served as Leo Blech’s assistant at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. Summarily dismissed from the opera in 1933, Strasfogel fled to America and reestablished himself. He was appointed official pianist of the New York Philharmonic by Arturo Toscanini and eventually came to prominence as a coach and conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Late in his life, Strasfogel started composing again. Young German musicians took note and began championing his music, which soon attracted an admiring public. The warmth and sympathy with which he and his music was received in Germany gradually led him to make peace with the country that had ripped his life apart.

Ian Strasfogel

ist Opernregisseur, Produzent und Autor und inszenierte über 100 Opern- und Musiktheaterproduktionen an europäischen und nordamerikanischen Opernhäusern und auf Festivals. Er wurde durch seine häufige Zusammenarbeit mit den Komponisten György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna, Hans Werner Henze und dem Künstler Otto Piene bekannt. Ian Strasfogel ist Autor mehrerer Theaterstücke, Drehbücher und Libretti. Sein Roman „Operaland“ steht kurz vor der Veröffentlichung.