Helmut Lipsky

Violinist & composer of classical music, jazz, tango, world and contemporary music.

Helmut Lipsky

Born in Germany, raised in Switzerland, then a student of Itzhak Perlman in New York City, and since 1980 a citizen of Montréal, Helmut Lipsky is very active on the national and international music scene. A violinist and composer in the realms of classical, cross-over, jazz and contemporary music, he has recorded many CDs and has performed – especially with his group MELOSPHERE – at festivals around the world, winning numerous prestigious awards.

At ideacity 2020, Helmut will be performing Grafeneck 10654.

10654 people with cognitive and physical disabilities were murdered in the first gas chamber at Castle Grafeneck in Germany in 1940; an experimental project of the Nazi’s industrial murder machinery, where the methods used during the Holocaust were developed and employed.

​This presentation pays homage to these victims. It seeks to rescue the memories of these people from oblivion, as well as to shed the lucid light of day on these events, to bring this history to our present-day conversation.

​The concert will be given again at Castle Grafeneck and throughout Europe in October of 2020 to commemorate the 80 years that have passed since 1940, as well as the 75 years since the liberation of the survivors of the Holocaust. 2020 is also the 250th Birthday-Year of Beethoven, whose glorious “Ode to Joy” has been respectfully transformed by Helmut Lipsky into a Requiem for the victims of genocides committed throughout time all over the world. “Grafeneck 1940” by the noted Swiss composer Thomas Fortmann, deals with the incomprehensible events which took place at Castle Grafeneck and elsewhere shortly afterward.

​The German artist Jochen Meyder created 10654 sculptures in terra cotta. Exhibited at the Grafeneck Memorial Center, images of his work will accompany the musical recounting of the archetypical and timeless history of the castle.

The internationally renowned concert pianist Louise Bessette, recipient of the latest Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and Olivier Maranda, recognized as one of Canada’s foremost percussionists, will join violinist Helmut Lipsky for this memorable journey.

For additional information, please go to: https://www.latitude45arts.com/grafeneck



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