Stern Conservatory

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The Stern Conservatory (Stern'sches Konservatorium) was a private music school in Berlin with many notable tutors and alumni. Today the school is part of the Berlin University of the Arts.

History

It was originally founded in 1850 as the Berliner Musikschule by Julius Stern, Theodor Kullak and Adolf Bernhard Marx. Kullak withdrew from the conservatory in 1855 in order to create a new academy of sculpture and three-dimensional art. With Marx's withdrawal in 1856, the conservatory came exclusively under the Stern family and adopted its name. In 1894 it was taken over by Gustav Hollaender (the uncle of film composer Friedrich Hollaender), who moved the school's location to the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall on Bernburger Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

In the course of the Gleichschaltung process, the Stern Academy in 1936 was renamed Konservatorium der Reichshauptstadt Berlin controlled by the Nazi regime. Gustav Hollaender's heirs were disseized, but for a few years they were able to run a "Jewish Private Music School Hollaender" until they were deported and murdered in 1941.

After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the school was again renamed as the Städtisches Konservatorium (City Conservatory) in what was to become West Berlin. In 1966 it was merged with the public Akademische Hochschule für Musik into the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Berlin State School of Music and the Performing Arts), since 2001 the Berlin University of the Arts.

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Gustav Hollaender

Directors

  • 1883-1894: Jenny Meyer
  • 1894-1915: Gustav Hollaender
  • 1915-1930: Alexander von Fielitz
  • 1930-1933: Paul Graener
  • 1933-1935: Siegfried Eberhardt

Konservatorium der Reichshauptstadt Berlin:

  • 1936-1945: Bruno Kittel

Städtisches Konservatorium:

  • 1946-1949: Heinz Tiessen
  • 1950-1960: Hans Joachim Moser

Professors

  • 1854-1864 Hans von Bülow
  • 1855- ?: Ferdinand Laub
  • 1864-1871: Rudolf Radecke
  • 1866-1869: Friedrich Kiel
  • 1867-1878: Eduard Franck
  • 1874-1877: Arnold Krug
  • 1890-1897: Friedrich Gernsheim
  • 1897-1903: Hans Pfitzner
  • 1884-1906(?): Georg von Petersenn
  • mind. 1896-1911: Martin Krause
  • 1897-1904: Ernst Jedliczka
  • 1898-1905: Ernst Eduard Taubert
  • 1898-1900: David Maurice Levett
  • 1906-1915: Leo Portnoff
  • 1900-1920: Engelbert Humperdinck
  • 1902-1903 and 1911: Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1904-1924: Arthur Willner
  • mind. 1919-1929: Rudolf Maria Breithaupt
  • 1934-1940, 1962-1966: Konrad Wölki
  • 1935-1960: Conrad Hansen
  • Herbert Ahlendorf
  • Wilhelm Klatte
  • James Kwast
  • Max Löwengard
  • Paul Lutzenko
  • Selma Nicklass-Kempner
  • Gustav Pohl
  • Nikolaus Rothmühl
  • Victor Hollaender
  • Leopold Schmidt
  • Robert Lösch
  • 1992-2012: David Friedman

Distinguished students

  • Asparukh Leschnikoff (Tenor)
  • 1860-1862: Hermann Goetz
  • 1884- ? : Bruno Walter
  • 1884-1885: Georg Wilhelm Rauchenecker
  • 1892-1894: Alberto Nepomuceno
  • 1896: Edwin Fischer
  • 1902-1903: Melitta Lewin
  • 1903-1907: Emil Honigberger
  • 1903-1906: Charles Griffes
  • 1905: Otto Klemperer
  • 1906-? : Marek Weber
  • 1906-1908: Manuel Ponce
  • 1906-1909: Clara Abramowitz (Soprano)
  • 1910-1913: Efim Schachmeister, violinist
  • 1912-1917: Meta Seinemeyer
  • 191?-191?: Mischa Portnoff
  • 1913-1915: Margarete Krämer-Bergau
  • 1913-1918: Claudio Arrau
  • 1914-1924: Friedrich Löwe
  • 1915-1920: Lisy Fischer, Pianist
  • 1924-1926: Marc Lavry
  • 1924-1929: Kees van Baaren
  • 1924-1929: Karl Ristenpart
  • 1930-1935: Ruth Schönthal
  • 1946-1952: Hans-Wilfrid Schulze-Margraf
  • 1956-1965: Christian Schmidt
  •  ? -1936: Haim Alexander
  • Robert Christian Bachmann
  •  ? -1933: Manfred Bukofzer
  • Siegfried Eberhardt, Violinist
  • Issy Geiger
  • Moritz Moszkowski
  • Josef Plaut
  • Heinrich Reimers (Pianist)
  • Willi Sommerfeld

Sources

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The Marc Lavry Heritage Foundation.