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Ursula Mamlok

Ursula Mamlok was born 1923 in Berlin, Germany and studied piano and composition with Professor Gustav Ernest and Emily Weissgerber until her family fled Nazi Germany following the nationwide pogrom in 1938. Due to American immigration quotas, the family moved to Ecuador for a short time, finally immigrating to New York City in 1941. She became an American citizen in 1945.

In New York Ursula Mamlok continued her musical studies under the direction of George Szell at the Mannes School of Music, where she studied for four years. She then received a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vittorio Gianni. Other teachers include Roger Sessions and Ralph Shapey in composition and Edward Steuermann, one of the foremost piano pedagogues at the time, in performance.

Though Hindemith was one of her earliest influences, Ursula Mamlok credits the works of serial composers, including Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, as having the greatest impact on her compositional style. However, she admits: “My music is colorful, with the background of tonality – tonal centers…. I can’t shake it completely.”

Since 2006 Ursula Mamlok is living and working in Berlin.


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