Discovering Karol Rathaus


Maestro Leon Botstein

Music Director and Principal Conductor of American Symphony Orchestra  and The Orchestra Now of Bard College, a scholar – an expert in the history of European music. President of Bard College,

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The Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present.

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Donald Pirone

An American pianist, faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music, the author of dissertation “The Solo Piano Music of Karol Rathaus.” His multiple performances and recordings include the world premiere recording of Rathaus’ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, performed with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Frank Harders-Wuthenow

Promotion Executve at Boosey and Hawkes, the largest specialist classical music publishing company in the world. Boosey and Hawkes published a large number of Karol Rathaus’ compositions, with Frank Harders being one of Rathaus’ major champions. 

Michael Haas

Award winning record producer, author of “Frobidden Music: Jewish composers banned by the Nazis”, senior researcher at the “ Zentrum” at Vienna University for Music and Performance Arts.

Florian Scheding

Senior Lecturer in Music at the Department of Music University of Bristol, UK. Dr. Scheding  work focuses on the displacement of European music and musicians caused by the catastrophes of the 20th century. His  recent book, “Musical Journeys: Performing Migration in 20th-century Music” received the Royal Musical Association/Cambridge University Press Monograph Prize 2020.

Daniel Wnukowski

Polish-Canadian pianist. Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia with such orchestra as Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony and Southfield Symphony and conductors such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos.

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Leon Hyman

 Leon Hyman, the oldest of  Rathaus’ students, is a successful conductor, who  worked with  New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and  the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He is a cofounder, principal conductor and music director of the New Philharmonic of New Jersey.

Allen Brings

Composer Allen Brings studied composition with Karol Rathaus, Otto Luening, Gardner Read, and Rodger Sessions. His published compositions, include works for orchestra, band, chorus, a wide variety of chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice. 

George Sturm

“I commuted to Queens College from the Bronx to study with Karol Rathaus”, said George Sturm, who later became a successful music publisher, a founder of Music Associates of America . 

Aleksandra Hałat

Polish Pianist, Chamber musician,  Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Silesia, the founder of Karol Rathaus Ensemble, and Karol Rathaus Foundation

Jolanta Guzy-Pasiak

Polish musicologist with research interests in music of Polish exiled composers. 

Samuel Adler (a screen capture)
Samuel Adler

An American composerconductor, author, and professor, a former faculty member at the University of Rochester‘s Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, author of over 400 published compositions.  He has been honored with several awards including Germany’s Order of Merit – Officer’s Cross.

Henry Feingold

An American historian, the author of multiple books on the history of Jews in America including “The politics of rescue” and the five-volume set “Jews in America”

Vladimir Stoupel

A pianist renown  for his performances as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician as well as multipole recordings including critically acclaimed recording of Rathaus piano works. Stoupel has performed among others with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared on such stages as Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Tina Frühauf

Dr. Frühauf specializes in the history of Jewish music in Western Europe. She is the author of The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture (Oxford University Press, 2009/2012), and editor of An Anthology of German-Jewish Organ Music (A-R Editions, 2013, nominated for the Claude V. Palisca Award for Outstanding Edition), and Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (OUP, 2014). 

Patricia Schwarz

A close personal friend of Rathaus’ family. She passed away on May 26, 2016 several weeks after she graciously agreed to be interviewed for this film.

June Rathaus

June is a widow of Karol Rathaus’ son Bernt