Curt Sachs

American musicologist of German birth, founders of modern organology

Born in Berlin, Sachs studied piano, music theory and composition as a youth in that city. He began a career as an art historian, but promptly became more devoted to music, eventually being appointed director of the Staatliche Instrumentensammlung, a large collection of musical instruments. He reorganised and restored much of the collection, and his career as an organologist began. In 1933, following Nazi persecution, Sachs moved to Paris, and later to the United States, where he settled in New York City.


Arbie Orenstein

American musicologist & Pianist

Arbie Orenstein was born and raised in New York City, he attended the High School of Music and Art, Queens College, and the Graduate School of Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in musicology. He was professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he has taught for 45 years, focusing on European music history and Jewish music.


Jascha Nemtsov

Pianist & Musicologist

Jascha Nemtsov was born in Magadan (Siberia) in 1963 and grew up in Saint Petersburg where he graduated from a special music school and was awarded a gold medal. He then continued his musical education at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory where he graduated with a concert diploma, with distinction. He lives in Berlin (Germany).


Milan Slavicky

Composer, musicologist, and pedagogue

Milan Slavický was a Czech composer, musicologist, and pedagogue. He came from a musical family. His father Klement Slavický and both his grandfathers Kamil Voborský and Klement Slavický were composers.

1947 - 2009

Nathan Shahar

Arranger, composer, conductor and musicologost

Natan Shachar began his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied economics and international relations. In those years he also studied at the Rubin Academy of Music. Until he began studying musicology, Natan Shachar was famous as a music teacher, conductor of choirs, and songwriter. Among the songs he composed were songs that won first prizes at various music festivals.

1937- 2021

Alexander L. Ringer

American research musicologist and educator

Alexander L. Ringer was an American research musicologist and educator of Dutch and Polish descent. He was a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After the war, Ringer emigrated to New York City in 1947. There he received a M.A. in Sociology and psychology in 1948 from the New School for Social Research and a Ph.D. of Musicology in 1955 from the City College, Columbia University.

1921 - 2002

Esther Sheinberg


Esti Sheinberg is an independent scholar. Her fields of research include Music signification, Irony and ambiguity in music, Humor in Music, the Music of Dmitrii Shostakovich, Musical acculturation, Musical Cultural Units, Musical Space as Cultural Unit, Jewish Immigrant Musicians 1910-1950, and the Ethics of Music Aesthetics. Her latest research focuses on Existential Irony in Music.