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Jascha Nemtsov

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Jascha Nemtsov plays Zaderatsky (2016)
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Portrait Jascha Nemtsov (2013)

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The pianist and musicologist Jascha Nemtsov was born in Magadan (Siberia) in 1963 and grew up in Saint Petersburg where he graduated from a special music school and was awarded a gold medal. He then continued his musical education at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory where he graduated with a concert diploma, with distinction. He lives in Berlin (Germany).

By now he has recorded nearly forty CDs, featuring numerous world premiere recordings and a vast spectrum of recordings from Romantic compositions such as Liszt and Raff to Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, Zaderatsky, Weinberg and to Shchedrin and Balakauskas. "Jascha Nemtsov presents himself as a worthy descendant of Liszt and his pupils", so the German magazine "Fono Forum" in November of 2008 on the occasion of Nemtsov's CD with Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt. Many of his CDs have been honoured with various international distinctions, among them the German Record Critics Prize (2007) and the OPUS KLASSIK – the German Classic Award (2018). In 2012 he performed in the German Bundestag on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the victims of National Socialism.

Jascha Nemtsov’s repertoire is wide and varied: Besides of the Classic and Romantic repertoire, he is especially dedicated to the music of the 20th century up to the 21st century with special emphasis on Russian music (especially Shostakovich but also Zaderatsky, Weinberg and others). In addition, he has performed several concert programmes devoted to works by Jewish composers who were persecuted by the Nazis. He is further specialized in Jewish artistic music of the early 20th century both as a pianist and as a musicologist. As such Nemtsov has rescued and wrested from obscurity the nearly forgotten amazing work of a whole composers’ school, the New Jewish School. Jascha Nemtsov plays solo concerts as well as participates in various chamber music formations in Europe, Israel, Canada, Russia and the USA. Among his regular chamber music partners are David Geringas, Tabea Zimmermann, Kolja Blacher, Ingolf Turban, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Chen Halevi, the Vogler Quartet, the Klenke Quartet and the Atrium Quartet. Additionally he is an exceptionally gifted narrator who often accentuates his concerts with lively comments.

In 2004 Jascha Nemtsov earned his doctorate and in 2007 his habilitation. In his scientific works he focuses on Jewish music and Jewish composers of the 20th century. He gives guest lectures and master classes at numerous European universities and music academies as well as in Israel, Canada and the USA. Jascha Nemtsov is a member of the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam and of the Editorial Board of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (Santa Monica/New York). Since 2010 he is Academic Director of the Cantorial School of the Abraham Geiger College. He is Editor-in-Chief of the monographic series „Jewish Music. Studies and Sources on Jewish Musical Culture“ of the Harrassowitz Verlag Wiesbaden.

In 2011 he was Visiting Professor for Jewish Music and Culture at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Since 2013 he has a full position as Professor for History of Jewish Music at the Liszt University of Music Weimar. In the summer semester of 2018 he worked as a DAAD guest lecturer at the University of Haifa (Israel).

In 2015 he founded together with Martin Kranz the ACHAVA Festival Thuringia; he is the Artistic Director of this intercultural and interreligious festival.

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