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Jascha Nemtsov


The Russian Jewish pianist and musicologist Jascha Nemtsov was born in Magadan in 1963. He attended the college of music (Special Music School) at the Leningrad Conservatory and was awarded a gold medal in the final exams. He then continued his musical education at the piano department of the Leningrad Conservatory and graduated with distinction in 1986. In 1992 Jascha Nemtsov moved to Germany.

“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 new released CD with works by Franz Liszt. Apart from performing the classical and romantic piano repertoire he dedicated several concert programmes to works by Jewish composers persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. Other special areas are Jewish art music and Russian music of the 20th century, particularly works by Dmitri Shostakovich.

By now he has recorded 25 CDs, featuring numerous world premiere recordings. They include solo piano works as well as chamber music in which his partners are Tabea Zimmermann (viola), David Geringas (violoncello), Ingolf Turban, Kolja Blacher and Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Chen Halevi (clarinet), and the Vogler Quartet. The CDs have been honoured with various international distinctions like “Audiophile Reference - The Best of 2001”, “Klassik heute Empfehlung”, “CHOC - Le Monde de la Musique”, “Recording of the Month (MusicWeb)”, or “Disc of the Month April 2006” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2007 his CD with sonatas for violin and piano by Shostakovich and Weinberg (together with the violinist Kolja Blacher) was awarded the German Record Critics Prize.

Jascha Nemtsov has been a member of the School of Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam since 2002. In 2004 he earned his doctorate with a dissertation on “The New Jewish School in music”. His postdoctoral thesis treats “The Zionism in music: Jewish music and the national idea” (2007).

Jascha Nemtsov