The Nigunim Laad is a coalition of musicians and music fans united by their love to Jewish Art Music.
...And now [Jewish] nation ... not only can but must speak to the world in a musical language of its own." Leonid Sabaneev (1924)
The pianist Jascha Nemtsov, a soloist and an chamber musician 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 Conservatory where he graduated with a concert diploma, with distinction. Since 1992 he lives in Germany where he started a brilliant international career. As a pianist he has recorded more than 30 CDs, featuring numerous world premiere recordings and a vast spectrum of repertoire from Romantic compositions such as Liszt and Raff to music of the New Jewish School, Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other modern Russian composers. "Jascha Nemtsov presents himself as a worthy descendant of Liszt and his pupils", so the German magazine "Fono Forum" on the occasion of Nemtsov's CD with rhapsodies by Franz Liszt. Many of his CDs have been honoured with various international distinctions, among them the German Record Critics Prize. In 2012 he performed in the German Bundestag on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the victims of National Socialism. Jascha Nemtsov plays solo concerts as well as participates in various chamber music formations in Europe, Israel, Russia, Canada and the USA. Among his regular chamber music partners are David Geringas, Kolja Blacher, Tabea Zimmermann, Ingolf Turban, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Chen Halevi, and the Vogler Quartet. Additionally he is an exceptionally gifted narrator who often accentuates his concerts with lively comments. In 2004 Jascha Nemtsov earned his doctorate and in 2007 his habilitation. In his scientific works he focuses on Jewish music and Jewish composers of the 20th century. He gives guest lectures and master classes at numerous European universities and music academies as well as in Israel, Canada and the USA. Jascha Nemtsov is a member of the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam and of the Editorial Board of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (Santa Monica/New York). Since 2010 he is Academic Director of the Cantorial School of the Abraham Geiger College. In 2011 he was Visiting Professor for Jewish Music and Culture at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Since 2013 he has a full position as Professor for History of Jewish Music at the Liszt University of Music Weimar. In 2015 he founded together with Martin Kranz the ACHAVA Festival Thuringia; he is the Artistic Director of this interreligious and intercultural festival.