Photo: © Olga Rakhalskaya

Mieczysław Weinberg

(1919 - 1996, Russland)

At least since the posthumously staged world premiere of the Ausschwitz opera “The Passenger” at the Bregenzer Festspiele 2010, the formidable artistic dimensions of this composer have finally, truly been recognized.

"Just like his "predecessors" Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, who became icons of classical music, Weinberg left an invaluable legacy; his, however, still awaits discovery. Weinberg’s music calls for intuitive emotion, a further “wake up call” for all individuals among us, who are searching for lasting human values.” Gidon Kremer

Meanwhile, a superb discography with internationally renowned interpreters is available on the market; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's multifaceted chamber and symphonic works have finally assumed their rightful place on the opera stages, festivals and great concert halls of the world.

The first monography was published by Wolke Verlag in 2010.
David Fanning: Mieczyslaw Weinberg - In Search of Freedom

Discography: Naxos, Chandos, Neos, Toccata Classics, ECM, Grand Piano, Challenge Classics, et al., and cpo - further audio examples on jpc 

International Mieczysław Weinberg conference in Manchester: Between East and West

From 24 to 27 January 2019, the University of Manchester will be hosting a four-day conference on Polish-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg - just in time to kick off the celebrations of Weinberg’s 100thbirthday and his centenary year 2019.  Professor David Fanning from the University of Manchester and Dr. Michelle Assay from the Université de Paris Sorbonne have invited delegates from around the world to discuss this exceptional composer. Joining the event as an honorary guest will be his oldest daughter Victoria Bishops. 

Alongside the conference, the Belgian string quartet Quatour Danel will be performing a series of concerts before departing on their Weinberg-based string quartet tour.  

The preliminary conference schedule is available from here.