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International conference – From the Music of the Portuguese synagogue in the 19th to the Rolf Lieberman Era in the 20th century

1 March 2022 - 3 March 2022

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International conference at the University of Music Hamburg 1. – 3. March 2022

The presence of Jewish Culture in Europe is going back to the times of the Roman Empire. In 2021 Germany has celebrated 1700 years of Jewish life and culture. The city of Hamburg decided in 2020 to rebuild the large synagogue on Bornplatz, which had been destroyed in 1938 during the Reichskristallnacht. On this occasion, the University of Music in Hamburg initiates an international conference on Jewish music in Hamburg past and present, in which Hervé Roten, Director of the EIJM, will participate along with Edwin Seroussi (Jerusalem), Jasha Nemtsov (Weimar), Reinhard Flender (Hamburg) and Yuval Shaked (Haifa).

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01.03.22 Jewish Music Research
02.03.22 Jewish Music Research
03.03.22 Jewish Music Research

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  • Jan Phillip Sprick, Vicepresident of the University of Music Hamburg
  • Edwin Seroussi,Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College
  • Hervé Roten, Director of the European Institute of Jewish Music, Musicologist, PHD in musicology of the University Paris Sorbonne
  • Jascha Nemtsov,pianist and professor of Jewish music history at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar
  • Reinhard Flender, Director of the Research Institute for Cultural Innovation at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg, German composer and musicology researcher
  • Yuval Shaked, Director of the Department of Music at the University of Haifa and composer


  • Tuesday march 1st
    • 3:00 – 4:30 pm Edwin Seroussi (Jerusalem) Keynote and opening session
      An Unexpected Musical Encounter: Spanish-Portuguese Liturgical Music in German Synagogues
    • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Hervé Roten (Paris) Lecture and discussion
      The introduction of Western musical notation and the organ in the French Spanish-Portuguese communities in the 19th: changes and continuities
  • Wednesday march 2nd
    • 3:00 – 4:30 pm Jascha Nemtsov (Weimar) Lecture and discussion
      The Cantor of the Reform Temple in Hamburg Leon Kornitzer and his journal (Der jüdische Kantor)
    • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Jascha Nemtsov, Hervé Roten, Edwin Seroussi, Reinhard Flender (Moderation) Panel discussion
      Cultural Identity and Assimilation – Jewish music in Germany and France in the 19th cent.
  • Thursday march 3rd
    • 3:00 – 4:30 Reinhard Flender Lecture and discussion
      Rolf Liebermann – cultural innovation for Hamburg from NDR to the Staatsoper
    • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Yuval Shaked (Haifa) Lecture and discussion
      The opera ‘Der Turm’ ‒ Composer Josef Tal’s collaboration with librettist Hans Keller as conceived and reflected in their correspondence

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1 March 2022
3 March 2022
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Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
Harvestehuder Weg 12
Hamburg, 20148 Allemagne
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