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Carlo Schreiber

Carlo and Leonard Schreiber with Maxim Vengerov and Igor LevitAs far as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by music and musicians.
At age three when my parents would put a 78 disc on the pick-up within seconds I was able to identify the piece, the composer and the artist. Beethoven’s Fifth by Arturo Toscanini, Tchaikovsky’s First piano concerto by Vladimir Horowitz, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto by Jascha Heifetz. Unfortunately I did not hear them” live”, but from age six I attended most of the concerts and heard all the legendary musicians of last century. This included violinists David Oïstrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Leonid Kogan, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Arthur Grumiaux and Zino Francescatti to name a few. Pianists Artur Rubinstein, Wilhelm Kempff, Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau ,Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Gyorgy Cziffra, Annie Fischer.

I heard the first appearance in the West of young Mstislav Rostropovich as well as the great cellists like Pierre Fournier, Leonard Rose, Paul Tortelier, Maurice Gendron, Antonio Janigro, Danil Shafran. And the greatest conductors with their orchestras, André Cluytens, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Rafaël Kubelik, Herbert Von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini…
I was always interested in meeting them and talk to these fascinating musicians. People around me have often suggested that I should write a book with all the anecdotes.

I heard Martha Argerich, Daniël Barenboïm and Evgeny Kissin at the very beginning of their career, and also Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov and Nikolaj Znaider and was straightaway convinced that their talent was on a different level.Carlo with Itzhak Perlman
Each of them had a strong personality, a unique sound that one could immediately recognize and an incredible way to communicate their emotions in music.

Later I organized concerts for Charities with the new legends of the century.
Itzhak Perlman, Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov, Mischa Maïsky, Maxim Vengerov…with whom I have close ties.

When I met my wife, a great music lover, we shared our passion and completed our different taste. She introduced me to the world of Jazz that I ignored until then. We became host family of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and hosted young musicians for many years. All our musicians made a successful career, regardless from the outcome of the Competition. Our house was always filled with music and musicians. All our children learned music. I was secretly hoping to have a family trio.
Only our youngest son, Leonard, became a professional violinist. I have always been his “toughest” and “hardest” critic. The two others are active music lovers.

"I hope to share with you all, musicians, music lovers and organizers,
the passion of this universal language MUSIC."


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