Lord Moser, who has died aged 92, was an educationalist, statistician, economist and a ubiquitous and influential presence in Britain’s cultural life in the second half of the 20th century. The list of his achievements was formidable. After 20 years at the London School of Economics where he became Professor of Social Statistics, he went on to head the government’s statistical service from 1967 to 1978. At the same time he became chairman of the Royal Opera House (1974-87) and, for 12 years, vice-chairman of the bankers N M Rothschild (1978-90). In 1984 he became Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, then pro-vice-chancellor of Oxford University. Later he was Chancellor of Keele University and chairman of the government’s Basic Skills Agency. Altogether he sat on between 30 and 40 boards, commissions, committees, trusts and governing bodies and held numerous honorary degrees. A balding but elegant man, with intense brown eyes and serious, sensitive features which broke easily into a wide smile, Claus Moser was splendidly, unapologetically highbrow. He was a friend of the civilised and civilising arts and sciences and enemy of all that was dumbed-down and philistine in British society. There was no comparison, in his view, between Mozart and Kylie Minogue. Yet he was no social elitist, believing that the benefits of high culture should be the birthright of all. He liked to quote President Kennedy’s dictum that “the life of the Arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of the nation, is very close to the centre of a nation’s purpose, and is a test of a nation’s civilisation”.
Following the fundraising event that we held at Spencer House this past March, in which we were treated to a truly memorable recital by Murray Perahia, the JMC has been hard at work developing the programme that your contributions have so generously created: International Masterclasses and Musical Encounters in Memory of Claus Moser.
Masterclasses have always been a cornerstone of musicians’ development. There is no substitute for a one to one meeting of minds between young, developing< musicians, and established masters, and the JMC has been a proud and committed exponent of such meetings throughout its history. In recent years, such guests have included Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Andràs Schiff, Ivry Gitlis, Miriam Fried, Tabea Zimmermann, Janos Starker, Andreas Scholl, and Thomas Adès.
The International Masterclasses and Musical Encounters in Memory of Claus Moser expand on this tradition, providing meetings between our outstanding young musicians and the world’s most accomplished artists across a wide range of formats, from oneday, oneonone meetings, all the way to residential courses in which participants and great masters live, play and work together. Through these encounters, we are privileged to be able to offer our students in Israel a level of musical instruction to be envied anywhere in the world.
● Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano (April 2016) - Ronald Brautigam is considered to be one of the world’s leading exponents of the fortepiano: a demonstration of the instrument, and work with students at the JMC.
● Rudolf Lutz, piano (improvisation, May 2016) - Rudolf Lutz is a leading expert on the baroque and classical periods, with a special focus on the techniques of improvisation taught and used by the great composers during this time. Mr. Lutz worked with a group of pianists, including participants in the JMC’s Piano Programme, alongside a special seminar for Outstanding Musicians in the IDF.
● Dietrich Henschel, baritone (May 2016) - the baritone Dietrich Henschel is known worldwide both for his command of the operatic repertoire and the lied repertoire alike. Mr. Henschel gave a public masterclass for outstanding young singers.
● Julian Rachlin, violin (May 2016) - violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin met with outstanding violinists from the JMC, for a group conversation and viola recital. The aim is to encourage young violinists to experiment with viola playing.
● Miriam Fried, violin (May & December 2016) - Miriam Fried visited the JMC, and gave classes to violinists and violin teachers throughout Israel. In December, Ms. Fried performed a special recital featuring the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, alongside a workshop on the subject.
● Grigory Kalinovski, violin (June 2016) - violinist Grigory Kalinovski gave a public masterclass for young violinists at the JMC.
● Mikhail Kopelman, violin (July 2016) - former first violinist of the Borodin and Tokyo quartets, violinist Mikhail Kopelman worked with chamber ensembles from the JMC’s David Goldman Programme.
● Benjamin Zander, conductor (July 2016) - recognized throughout the world in particular for his work with youth orchestras and young musicians, Benjamin Zander lead the summer course for the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
● Murray Perahia, piano (September 2016) - JMC President Murray Perahia visited the JMC as part of a new initiative to provide masterclasses specially tailored towards Israeli piano teachers.
● Menahem Pressler, piano (September 2016) - pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler visited the JMC and gave masterclasses to outstanding young pianists, and chamber ensembles from the David Goldman Programme.
● Andreas Scholl, countertenor (October 2016) - considered by many to be the finest living countertenor, Andreas Scholl gave a public masterclass for young singers at the JMC.
● Casals Quartet, string quartet (December 2016): string quartets reading sessions with participants from the David Goldman Programme.
● Murray Perahia, piano (December 2016) - Murray Perahia, public masterclasses for outstanding young pianists at the JMC.
● Amihai Grosz, viola (December 2016) - principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Amihai Grosz gave a public masterclass for young violists at the JMC .
● Kristian Steenstrup, trumpet (December 2016) - acclaimed trumpet player Kristian Steenstrup gave masterclasses to young trumpet players at the JMC.
● Graham Johnson, piano (January 2017) - considered to be one of the most prolific vocal accompanists, Graham Johnson visited the JMC to work with young singers and vocal accompanists.
● Sharon Kam, clarinet (February 2017) - internationally acclaimed clarinettist Sharon Kam gave public masterclasses at the JMC.
● The Doric Quartet, (March 2017) - the award winning quartet from the UK will perform at the YMCA, and work with ensembles from the JMC’s David Goldman Programme.
● The Novus Quartet, (June 2017) - winners of the International Mozart Competition, the quartet will perform at the YMCA, and work with ensembles from the JMC’s David Goldman Programme.
● Craig Sheppard, (June 2017)
● Gary Hoffman, cello (April 2017) - after a highly successful visit as one of the first visitors to artists that give classes in the Claus Moser Programme, Gary Hoffman returns for public masterclasses for outstanding young cellists.
● Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet (May 2017) - solo trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich, prizewinner at the prestigious international ARD competition in Munich, will give classes for young trumpet players at the JMC.
● Miriam Fried, violin (May 2017) - Miriam Fried returns to the JMC to work with outstanding violinists, and will tour Israel working with students and teachers throughout the country. .
● The Huberman Project, (October 2017): David Grimald, Frans Helmerson, Michaela Martin and Tatijana Mazurenko. The Huberman Project is a residential course where students focus on their solo playing, with an international faculty, and alongside musical peers from all over the world.
● Rudolf Lutz, (October 2017) .