The project was initiated along the 70th anniversary of a concert of the Displaced Persons Orchestra (DP Orchestra) on May 10, 1948 in Landsberg and in commemoration of the foundation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
The DP Orchestra was the first Orchestra in the American occupation zone which members were Holocaust survivors. Originally it consisted of former Lithuanian professional musicians from the Vilna-Ghetto- and the Kovno-Ghetto-Orchestra. They survived Dachau’s satellite camps Kaufering/Landsberg and gave a concert in connection to the Nuremberg Trials. On his explicit wish, Leonard Bernstein conducted the orchestra on May 10, 1948 in Landsberg’s DP-Camp.
Since history is supposed to be more than mere reconstruction, we also launched a composition competition, which explicitly addresses up-and-coming musicians under the age of 35. Namesake is Wolf Durmashkin, who was denied a promising career as a conductor. Only 30 years old, he was killed in an Estonian concentration camp.
This international competition will result in a world premiere of the awarded compositions at the occasion of the concert on May 10, 2018.
The internationally tendered WDCA was developed by Journalist Karla Schönebeck, as well as Wolfgang Hauck, chairman of Landsberg’s socio-cultural association “dieKunstBauStelle e.V.” and is executed in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich – with Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann, Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland und Prof. Tilman Jäger being in charge. Further involved are the director of the Bavarian Philharmonics Mark Mast, as well as the violin maker Martin Schleske. Patron is the native Lithuanian Abba Naor, Vice President of the Comité International de Dachau.