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Kiln Theatre (269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR)
Acknowledges Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and names new foyer space for Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, September 2018

After a two-year renovation, the renamed and revamped Tricycle Theatre opened at the beginning of September 2018, with acknowledgements to the contribution of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust to the capital campaign. Marie-Louise’s photograph in Chinese costume from a 1927 theatre production in Frankfurt, is displayed in one of the foyers.


Digitised Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive Material at Tate goes live 8 December 2017

Around 75% of the materials from the Archive (subject to copyright permissions) have been scanned. The full documents are now available online ( The complete archive is catalogued online at and the originals may be consulted through the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain.


Self-portrait in Black, 1959 goes on display in rehang of National Portrait Gallery London’s twentieth century galleries

Self-portrait in Black

Self-portrait in Black

After being shown from May to October 2017 as part of a group of self -portraits of emigré artists who came to Britain in the 1930s and 1940s, the painting presented by the Trust to the National Portrait Gallery in 2016, has gone into the main twentieth-century display.





Gifts to public collections in 2017

The Trust has presented work to publicly accessible collections in London, Oxford, Rotterdam and Vienna in 2017. Details can be found here.


Jamal Aliyev and Toby White awarded Karl Motesiczky Cello Scholarships 2017

Jamal Aliyev

Jamal Aliyev

Jamal Aliyev

Jamal is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. He is a BBC Introducing Classical Artist, has won numerous competitions and performed on BBC Radio 3, Medici TV and London Live TV on many occasions, including his solo performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra where he gave his debut live broadcast at the Menuhin Hall.

As well as his appearance with BBC Concert Orchestra, Aliyev has collaborated as a soloist with orchestras such as: Presidential Symphony and Bilkent Symphony Orchestras of Turkey, Guildford Symphony, Epsom Symphony, The Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, Croydon Symphony, RCM Classical, RCM Philharmonic, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Orpheus Sinfonia, LGSO, Whitehall Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony, Kingston Chamber Orchestra and many others.

His debut album with Anna Fedorova, Russian Masters was released in March 2017 on Champs Hill Records. Jamal will also record with Classic FM and Warner Classics next season for which the esteemed composer Sir Karl Jenkins will write a piece especially for him. Jamal gave his solo debut performance with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, London in September 2017 under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins.

Jamal’s debut performance at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London was in July 2017 – celebrating John Williams’s 85th birthday where Aliyev performed a solo with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Additionally, he has been the First Prize winner of many international competitions including; Eastbourne Concerto Competition (2016), Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music competition (2017), Musicians Company Prince’s Prize (2017). Furthermore, Aliyev has also consecutively won the “Royal College of Music Concerto Competition” from 2014-2016 as well as the “Royal College of Music Violoncello Competition” from 2014-2017 where he is currently studying with Prof. Thomas Carroll.

Toby White

Toby White

Toby White

Toby White received an HMUK Postgraduate Bursary in 2016 to support his first year of study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was re-nominated by the college this year.

2016 was a year full of fantastic opportunities and memorable events for Toby, after which he is delighted that he is able to return to the Guildhall to continue his studies with the support of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Highlights this past academic year have included two wonderful chamber concerts in November. The first, performing Schumann’s 1st piano trio and Elgar’s piano quintet with Donald and Vivian Weilerstein at the Guildhall. The second was a performance of Bach’s The Musical Offering with Levon Chilingirian and members of the Chilingirian quartet among others, at King’s Place.

In March 2017 he had the great opportunity to perform Shostakovich’s 1st cello concerto in his home town, Ripon, North Yorkshire, with the St Cecilia Orchestra. This was such a valuable experience as solo performing is something he wishes to pursue during his career. He participated in the Youth Classics masterclass course in Switzerland in July and performed a recital of Debussy and Strauss in Purley on the 9th of August. A recent recording of Ernest Moeran’s Prelude for Cello and Piano can be heard at


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.

For a full biography, visit

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.