Music and Aesthetics at SVA MA in Critical Theory and the Arts:
Contemporary composer and pianist–STEFAN LITWIN, the newest member of our faculty–will present three lecture/presentations of his own compositional work and the work of others in January, February and March. In Europe, Stefan Litwin’s presentations and performances have brought him widespread acclaim and interest.
“There are not many musicians who are able to combine the creativity and sensitivity of a real artist (composer/performer) with the philological rigor and interpretive skills of a major scholar in the humanities. Stefan Litwin’s playing is utterly brilliant. He is both a genuine virtuoso and a poet at the piano with deep insights into the crucial relationship between emotion and structure, extreme subjectivity and extreme sense of order.
Litwin’s compositions – and especially those for piano – display an originality of thinking in music that is remarkable. A work like the piano piece »Lyon 1943 (Pièce de résistance)« is in its expressive intensity a disturbing monument, an example of a political instrumental music in the succession of Stefan Wolpe.”