›You have to believe in the power of music and learn to per­ceive it. It has the capa­city to kindle and strengthen our bet­ter selves.‹

Kurt Mas­ur (* 18 July 1927 Brieg/Silesia – † 19 Decem­ber 2015 New York/USA)

Kurt Mas­ur left his mark on gen­er­a­tions of people all over the world: as a musi­cian and con­duct­or, but above all as a man. Irre­spect­ive of all the social sys­tems he found him­self liv­ing under dur­ing a moment­ous cen­tury, he always suc­ceeded in pre­serving, defend­ing and passing on to oth­ers his human­ist atti­tude to life. Many found his cour­ageous demean­our, his words and his music edi­fy­ing, encour­aging and highly thought-pro­vok­ing. The Inter­na­tion­al Kurt Mas­ur Insti­tute is keen to pre­serve his leg­acy and pass on his philo­sophy to gen­er­a­tions to come. It is with this goal in mind that the Mendels­sohn House in Leipzig is to open a mul­ti­me­dia inform­a­tion and meet­ing centre in Novem­ber 2017. The Kurt Mas­ur exhib­i­tion will then be avail­able to view dur­ing the nor­mal open­ing hours of the Mendels­sohn House.