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The chamber music that was written for one-handed pianist Paul Wittgenstein has been seriously neglected for decades. In the Wittgenstein Project five top-of-the-bill chamber musicians join forces to pay tribute to this hidden treasure and bring it back to where it belongs: On today's concert stage.

Only recently the Dutch pianist Folke Nauta lost the use of his right hand due to focal dystonia. Shortly afterwards he makes the courageous decision to pursue his career focusing entirely on the repertoire for the left hand. In Paul Wittgenstein, the Viennese pianist that lost his right arm in the First World War he recognizes an illustrious predecessor and an example. He knows that Wittgenstein initiated many left-hand compositions, such as the Concerto by Maurice Ravel and he discovers that there is also a lot of chamber music written for him. He digs up a real treasure of fascinating works, some seldom or never performed after being premiered by Wittgenstein himself. 

The quintet formation of piano, clarinet and string trio is a consistent feature of Wittgenstein’s chamber music legacy. So Nauta approaches the clarinettist Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer and Prisma String Trio. Together they launche the Wittgenstein Project, with the aim of bringing the music back to life and telling Wittgenstein’s extraordinary tale of misery, struggle and artistic triumph..

We are:

Folke Nauta, piano

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet

Prisma String Trio: Janneke van Prooijen - violin/Elisabeth Smalt - viola/Michiel Weidner - cello

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