"My most extraordinary experience was in the music department of the Russian State Library in Moscow. The scores I wanted to see there (namely previously completely unknown compositions by Weinberg, a sensation for me!) dated to 1949-52. When I picked them up from the loans desk the strict woman behind the counter couldn’t help but smile – I was the very first who wanted to see this ‚old stuff‘, she said."
"My best experiences during the time of my doctorate was suddenly realizing and literally sensing how the countless pieces of material I had gathered and individual fragments of knowledge fit together into one great whole – and make sense!"
"I almost gave up once... No, I would never have given up. I sometimes wanted to throw in the towel – but never did."
"My topic still concerns me today, because my work was only the first step in exploring Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s creative cosmos. And his music is finally being increasingly heard in concert halls."
"What especially helped me was that, thanks to the support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, I was able to engage in free, independent work. And that with the scholarship not only was I financially independent, but it was also a sign of confidence in my research. A good feeling."
Prepares currently her dissertation for publication
Born in Vilsbiburg, lives today in Hamburg
Dissertation topic: "Juden, die ins Lied sich retten" - der Komponist Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) in der Sowjetunion
completed in: 2014
An idea of what was probably my most pleasant activity while working on my dissertation – listening to music (here the current double CD by Gidon Kremer with works by Weinberg).