Christiane Tewinkel - American Pianists Studying with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, 1878-1913

Christiane Tewinkel received a 2019 BIAAS grant for her project “American Students Studying with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, 1878-1913”.

Pianist and piano pedagogue Leschetizky, who was born in 1830 near Lemberg and moved to Vienna in 1878, taught hundreds of American students and engaged several assistants at a time, some of them Americans, as well. The Botstiber grant will enable Tewinkel to work with the archive of the New York Leschetizky Association that possesses the world’s largest collection of documents pertaining to Leschetizky’s Viennese years. This will in turn contribute to a larger research project on transatlantic relations and anti-American bias in the musical life of the German Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy around 1900.

Christiane Tewinkel has graduated from the University and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She has been a Fulbright student at Harvard University and holds a PhD in musicology from the University Würzburg and a habilitation degree from the Universität der Künste Berlin. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin.