Joachim Stutschewsky

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Joachim Stutschewsky with Alexander Schaichet

Joachim-Yehoyachin Stutschewsky, (Hebrew: יהויכין סטוצ'בסקי, Russian: Иоахим Стучевский, 7 February 1891 – 14 November 1982)[1][2] was a Ukraine-born Austrian and Israeli cellist, composer, musicologist.


Joachim-Yehoyachin Stutschewsky was born on 7 February 1891 in Romni (Ukrainian: Romny), guberniya of Poltava, Ukraine, in a family of klezmer musicians. His father, Kalmen-Leyb Stutschewsky was a clarinetist.[3] Stutschewsky started playing the violin at the age of five but soon started playing the cello. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Leipzig from 1909 to 1912.[4]

He returned to Russia, but soon after, he was smuggled across the border to avoid forced conscription. He then tried to earn his livelihood for a short period of time as a cellist, In Paris and Jena.[5]

He moved to Vienna in 1924 where he joined the Kolisch Quartet. He was spending a lot of time studying Jewish folklore and wrote several musical pieces. He moved to Palestine in 1938.[6]

Throughout his life he was collecting examples of Jewish folklore, especially hasidic melodies. He has written multiple musical pieces for cello and piano. He has also adapted numerous piano pieces for the cello.

Stutschewsky was married twice. His first wife was the Swiss cellist Rewekka (Regina) "Wecki" Schein (1908 - 1999).

Stutschewsky died in Tel Aviv, Israel'. His archive can be found in the Felicja Blumental music library there. הספרייה במרכז פליציה בלומנטל למוזיקה


  1. ^ "Joachim Stutschewsky". Musica Judaica. Retrieved 3 April 2022. The life of Joachim Stutschewsky (1891-1982) was particularly restless. In his memoirs, he compares himself to a traveling Jewish musician – a klezmer who was never allowed to remain anywhere for long and was never able to find rest.
  2. ^ "Joachim Stutschewsky & Rewekka (Regina) "Wecki" Schein". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
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  4. ^ "IMI Composer Gallery". Israel Music Institute. Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. In 1909 he went to study at the Leipzig Conservatory where he was tutored by Julius Klengel.
  5. ^ Hirshberg, Jehoash (20 Jan 2001). "Stutschewsky, Joachim". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.27039 – via Oxford Music Online.
  6. ^ "stutschewsky". Retrieved 3 April 2022. In 1938, immediately after the Nazi Anschluss, Stutschewsky and his wife Julia, a soprano, emigrated to Palestine.

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