Podcast with Christiane Tewinkel
In Transatlantic Journeys in Musical Practice, Dr. Christiane Tewinkel shares many fascinating aspects of her musicology research as related to Theodor Leschetizky and his American students. Born in Galicia in 1830, Theodor Leschetizky, a pianist and composer himself, became internationally famous as a piano teacher with over 1,000 students, including Fanny Bloomfield-Zeisler, Elly Ney, Ignacy Paderewski, and Arthur Schnabel. Students traveled from all over the world to study with Leschetizky, including 350-400 American students. Leschetizky’s teaching formed the basis of a highly successful business. Indeed, countless ads promoting the “Leschetizky Method” in American newspapers and journals demonstrate the marketability of his teaching system overseas.
Although Leschetizky had enormous influence during his time, his personal records had never been studied. That is, until now. Christiane Tewinkel traveled to the archives at the Leschetizky Association in New York to see their special collection for herself.
Christiane Tewinkel studied Music, German and English at the University of Music Freiburg and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and was a Fulbright sponsored student in Musicology at Harvard University in the academic year 1998/99. After obtaining her Ph.D. from the Bavarian Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in 2003, with a dissertation on Robert Schumann, she held positions in Stuttgart, Berlin and Detmold/Paderborn and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. In 2014, she completed her habilitation at the University of Arts Berlin with a thesis on the history of knowledge on music in the 20th century. She is currently a professor of musicology at the University of Arts Berlin where, beginning in October 2021, she will direct a research project on transatlantic relations in music around 1900, funded by the German Research Foundation.
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