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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).



Cellist Michael Petrov awarded second Karl Motesiczky Scholarship 2015

Michael Petrov artist 7 Credit Kaupo KikkasMichael Petrov was born in Bulgaria in 1990. In 2002 he took part in the Kronberg masterclasses in Germany, went on to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and since 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Louise Hopkins. In 2013 he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and in 2014 won the prestigious GSMD Gold Medal.

Michael is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Guildhall Trust, the Hattori Foundation, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Karl Motesiczky Scholarship funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust. He plays on a Testore cello (c.1740) on generous loan from a private individual.

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Marie-Louise Motesiczky The Mother Paintings – USA/New York.
7 October – 24 December 2014

Marie-Louise Motesiczky. The Travelers. 1940. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated, lower right. 26 ¼” x 30” (66.7 x 75.3 cm). Schlenker 50.

Marie-Louise Motesiczky. The Travelers. 1940. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated, lower right. 26 ¼” x 30” (66.7 x 75.3 cm). Schlenker 50.

Noted art historian Ernst Gombrich compared Marie-Louise Motesiczky’s paintings of her mother, Henriette, to the work of Albrecht Dürer. The Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti considered these portraits among the major artistic achievements of 20th century.

Created over a period of fifty years, Motesiczky’s mother paintings document Henriette’s journey from a life of aristocratic privilege in fin-de-siècle Vienna to exile and isolation in wartime and postwar England. The portraits may be considered a visual counterpart to Edmund de Waal’s acclaimed Holocaust memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes. Marie-Louise Motesiczky and her mother, relatives of de Waal, experienced similar losses as a result of the Nazi Anschluss. Yet ultimately, the mother paintings tell a story of survival; they are a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit.

MARIE-LOUISE MOTESICZKY: The Mother Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the subject. Comprising seventeen oils and eighteen drawings depicting Henriette at various stages of her life, the presentation includes loans from the Arts Council Collection, South Bank Centre, London; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Manchester City Galleries, Manchester; Tate; and an anonymous Swiss collector.

The Mother Paintings Exhibition
Date: 7 October – 24 December 2014
Galerie St Etienne, 24 West 57th Street, New York, USA

Tricycle Theatre

The Tricycle is a local theatre with an international vision which reflects the diversity of the surrounding community in the London borough of Brent where 130 languages are spoken, the most diverse of any local authority area in Europe. With the support of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust over a three-year period from 2014-17, Tricycle will be continuing its highly successful programme Minding the Gap, a drama-based project  that engages 200 young (11-18yrs) Brent residents each year, all of whom have recently migrated to the UK and have little or no English. Participants are refugees or asylum seekers and many, especially girls, have had very little schooling.  After working collaboratively over a year, students come together to create and perform a piece of theatre at the Tricycle. Minding the Gap provides a unique opportunity for isolated young migrants to develop spoken and written English and to help address some of the emotional issues associated with transition and migration.

Tate Archive

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is funding a 17 month post at Tate Archive to catalogue and translate Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s archives (TGA 20129) housed at Tate Britain. Bianca Rossmann, who has been appointed to the post, was born in Austria and completed a course in Musicology (MPhil) at the University of Graz prior to her postgraduate qualification (MA) in Archives and Records Management at University College London in 2012. She has experience of translation work and has worked for a variety of archival organisations, most recently completing the cataloguing of the personal papers of Barbara Hepworth at Tate Archive. Information on access to the Motesiczky papers can be found in the  Archives section.

Cellist Alexander Rolton awarded first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship

Cellist Alexander RoltonTalented young cellist Alexander Rolton has been awarded the first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship. Alex will receive funding to complete his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with additional support after graduation. As part of a partnership between the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK, this major new opportunity is available to exceptionally talented cellists on the cusp of a professional career. The awards commemorate Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), brother of Marie-Louise, and a gifted cellist who died in Auschwitz.

At audition Alex impressed a panel of top string players including London Symphony Orchestra principals Rebecca Gilliver and Paul Silverthorne.

Alongside his studies, Alex is already developing a performing career in the UK and Europe. At the Academy he has won prizes in the Herbert Walenn Solo Bach Competition, the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Sonata Prize and the Florence Hooten Concerto Competition with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations. In his final year at the Academy Alex will be specialising in historical performance, exploring the baroque cello and classical performance practice.



20 MARCH – 18 APRIL 2014

Work produced at HMP Grendon during the four-year artist-in residence programme funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2010-14, was on display at The Guardian and Observer, King’s Place, London N1 9GU.

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust funds new opportunity for emerging cellists through Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK has joined forces with the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust to support exceptionally talented cellists as they enter the music profession.The new four-year partnership sees the creation of major postgraduate awards to commemorate Marie-Louise’s brother Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), a gifted amateur cellist who died in Auschwitz.

Research by Help Musicians UK has highlighted the challenges facing musicians on the cusp of the profession. Every year it supports more than 100 top young musicians with the vast costs of postgraduate training. But access to funding, advice and support in the first couple of years after conservatoire study is crucially needed to help them on the path to a sustainable professional career. With funding from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK will be able offer three exceptional cellists in the final year of postgraduate study a three-year package of support worth up to £9,000 each. Each Karl Motescizky scholar will identify a mentor to support them after graduation, and they will also benefit from dedicated showcase opportunities.

Help Musicians UK is the working name of the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Registered Charity No. 22808


The Dwarf by Zemlinsky, Paris, Opéra Garnier: January-February 2013

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s painting of Dwarf, Hinterbrühl (1928, Schlenker 22) has been reproduced in the programme to accompany the French national opera’s production of the The Dwarf (first performed in Cologne in 1922), by the Austro-Hungarian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. For further details of the production and performances click here