Archive for 2016

Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 2016

An early sixteenth-century Danube School painting attributed to the Master of St Christopher Meeting the Devil (named after the subject of the painting) has been given to the Fitzwilliam Museum in memory of Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), Marie-Louise’s brother who died in Auschwitz. The work had been on loan to the Fitzwilliam which marks the 200th anniversary of its foundation in 2016.

The painting (a wing from a small altarpiece) stayed in Vienna with Karl Motesiczky when his mother and sister left immediately following the Anschluss in March 1938. After his arrest by the Nazi authorities in October 1942, the work must have been expropriated, reappearing at auction in Vienna a year later when it was acquired by the Bavarian State Art Collections (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen) to join another closely related panel already in its possession. The attribution to the ‘Master of St Christopher Meeting the Devil’ was made in 1948. In 1949 Henriette von Motesiczky wrote to the Director-General asking for its return, which the authorities duly granted. The panel remained with her and her daughter until passing to the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust after Marie-Louise’s death in 1996.

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Abel Selaocoe awarded third Karl Motesiczky Cello Scholarship 2016

South African born Abel Selaocoe is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. With this award he will be able to continue his Master’s degree. In his application for support he clearly articulated his ambition to build a diverse career in the UK playing classical music, world music and improvisation. His tutor Hannah Roberts said: “Abel’s performances are characterised by enormous flair, energy and imagination and his love of music and generosity of spirit shine through to his audiences. He is a very natural communicator and brings great personal charm to his interactions with his fellow musicians as well as the listener.”

Abel recently made his debut at the Bridgewater Hall, showcasing Tim Garland’s Cello and Saxophone Double Concerto. He has worked extensively as a soloist in South Africa, performing concertos with Johannesburg, KZN and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras. Abel finds himself in many chamber music settings, and made his debut at the Wigmore Hall with the Torre String Quartet, touring with the Zelkova String Quartet and the Quartet of Peace.

Abel is an artist keen to explore and remould the role of the cello, and regularly collaborates with jazz and African musicians. His love of improvisation and world music led him to co-founding Project Jam Sandwich, a global folk fusion quintet whose success has brought them invitations to perform in festivals all over the UK, from the BBC Proms to Ulverston International Festival, as well as several broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Abel’s upcoming engagements include a recital at the Chester Summer Music Festival in collaboration with a percussionist, and improvised African music at the Ravenna Cello Festival in Italy. With Project Jam Sandwich he will be travelling to play at festivals around the country including Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Lake District International Music Festival, BE Festival (Birmingham) and Spitalfields Festival (4th of June in London).