2017: Kodály-Kestenberg-Conference

The most important event of the International Leo Kestenberg Society is the Kodály-Kestenberg-Conference in Kecskemét, Hungary. It is going  take place this year, the Zoltán Kodály commemorative year (50th anniversary of his death), from November 16th (arrival) to November 19th  (departure), with the actual conference on the 17th  and 18th  November 2017. The conference is going to be organized by the Faculty of Education of the Pallasz Athéné University Kecskemét-Szolnok and the International Leo Kestenberg Society in cooperation with the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.


The conference title is:


"Music Education in the Focus of Historical Concepts and New Horizons"


More information is available on the following website: https://kodalykestenbergconference.wordpress.com/



Call for Donations: Secure the Kestenberg Estate and Make Its Collections Accessible!

The Chairman of the International Leo Kestenberg Society, Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Brusniak, has called for donations to physically secure the Kestenberg estate at Tel Aviv University while also making it accessible. The extensive archive includes several thousand letters, manuscripts, newspaper articles and photographs. Especially the many letters on thin paper, as well as the newspapers, are endangered by age and disintegration. Additionally, only a portion of the material is secured as a scan.


"It is urgent to preserve the Kestenberg estate, which is extraordinarily revealing for the choral research, the musical pedagogy as well as the research of musical institutions in Germany and in Europe, from the threat of destruction," Friedhelm Brusniak appeals to the public.


Donations can be made to the account of the International Leo-Kestenberg-Gesellschaft e.V., Kreissparkasse Halle (Westf.):


IBAN: DE43480515800003573300




If a donor address is given, the International Leo Kestenberg Society issues tax-deductible donation certificates.


The International Leo- Kestenberg-Society IKG

is dedicated to the life's work of the pianist, music pedagogue and arts education advocate Leo Kestenberg (1882 - 1962). As a senior Prussian ministerial civil servant between the world wars he set new standards with his cultural policies.His innovative education impulses led to far-reaching reforms in the field of music education (the so-called Kestenberg Reform). After his forced immigration in 1932 he was active in Prague and Paris and continued his artistic and pedagogical work from 1938 onwards in Tel Aviv, where he became an Israeli citizen in 1948. In 1953 the International Society for Music Education (ISME) voted him its first honorary president.

The INTERNATIONAL LEO-KESTENBERG-SOCIETY seeks to present an overview of national and international activities pertaining to the life and achievements of Leo Kestenberg and to make the results of both research and practice accessible to a wider public. In doing so it is dedicating itself to an historically very influential phase of music education, and engaging itself with the political influence of Kestenberg's cultural and educational ideas against the background of current debates.

 The INTERNATIONAL LEO-KESTENBERG-SOCIETY is oriented towards individuals and institutions active in the field of Kestenberg research or historical music education research, as well as all those who would like to support the aims of the Society.





- documentation and exploration of Leo Kestenberg's political work in the service of education

- documentation of the collected publications of Kestenberg.

 - collaboration with persons, institutions and archives active in Kestenberg research or research in the history of music education.

- summary of the national and international activities in the research into the life, work and influence of Kestenberg.

- making accessible the results of research and practice.

- erection of a global network for the creation of contacts.

-  encouragement of and support for international scholarly exchange.

- organization of scholarly congresses, as well as inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional projects.

-  editing and publication of articles and books in the area of Kestenberg research