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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust supports NYO’s Digital Output & Development during Covid-19 Period  

We are delighted to announce that the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust has agreed to continue and increase their support for NYO with a grant to support NYO’s dramatically expanded digital development and output especially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are proud to be celebrate the life and work of Marie-Louise and honour the memory of her father and brother through NYO’s close and ongoing relationship with the fantastic charitable trust. 


Marie-Louise von Motesiczky was a painter born in Vienna in 1906 and attended art classes in Vienna, The Hague, Frankfurt, Paris and Berlin, joining Max Beckmann’s class at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Marie-Louise and her mother left Vienna after the Anschluss with Germany in 1938 and lived in England the rest of her life. Her work has been exhibited in several critically acclaimed exhibitions in Liverpool, London, New York and Vienna and a most recently in the inaugural exhibition for the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive Gallery in Tate Britain.


Karl von Motesiczky


Marie-Louise’s father Edmund and her brother Karl were both keen amateur cellists, whose legacies have been celebrated with two NYO Cello Bursaries every year over the past three years. The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust NYO Bursary holders have been Theo Bentley Curtin, Felix Rosenboom, James Dew and Harry Scott-Burt, who have been provided with invaluable financial support from the Trust to support their costs in NYO and their participation in NYO Inspire activities. 


NYO musicians Felix and Theo, recipients of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust NYO Bursary


Her brother Karl refused to leave Austria where he had returned at the end of 1937 after spending several years in Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo as a disciple of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957). He used the family house in Hinterbrühl near Vienna as a meeting place for those opposed to National Socialism and to shelter Jewish friends. In 1942 he was betrayed, imprisoned in Gestapo headquarters in Vienna then sent to Auschwitz, where he died in the hospital block on 25 June 1943. Like his father, Karl was a keen amateur cellist; his last communication was a request from Auschwitz to friends in Vienna for his cello and a food parcel.


NYO is proud to have been able to continue honouring both Edmund and Karl’s memory through the trust’s bursary scheme and keep the music alive in the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers. The latest grant to support NYO’s digital development will enable NYO to continue reaching more musicians during physical restrictions imposed by the present Covid-19 pandemic, supporting team costs and digital capital investment over the next year. 


On behalf of everyone at NYO, including the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky cello bursary recipients and the thousands of musicians that NYO continues to benefit, we’d like to thank the trustees for their continued and generous support. 



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