About Caroline Stoessinger

“Caroline Stoessinger has educated thousands and thousands through her writing and production of unique, inspiring programs.”
– Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

A native New Yorker of Czech descent, musician, author, and educator Caroline Stoessinger has brought people together through music, art and literature for such diverse organizations as The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, United Nations, UNICEF, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Young President’s Organization, Mutual of America, Chief Executives Forum, World President’s Organization, Forum 2000 and for the Governments of France, South Africa, Israel, and the Czech Republic.

Caroline is President and Director of The Mozart Academy, founded in 2000 and sponsored by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, which provides tuition free private instruction in violin, cello and piano for immigrant children and children of United Nations workers who would otherwise miss the opportunity.

Caroline Stoessinger, Artist-in-Residence and adjunct professor of music at John Jay College has taught at the Eastman School of Music and served as Director of the Henry Street School of Music. She continues her international concert career of solo and chamber music performances.

In 2012, Random House published Stoessinger’s prize-winning book, A Century of Wisdom, about the world’s oldest Holocaust Survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, in the United States and simultaneously in England and Germany.

Since then, A Century of Wisdom is being published in 24 countries in translation including China, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Brazil, and throughout Europe including Czechoslovakia, Alice’s homeland.

The book immediately generated recognition and honors. Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman presented Stoessinger with the 2012 Norman Mailer Commendation for “Preserving the History of Our Time” and in 2013, the Interfaith Committee On Remembrance bestowed on Stoessinger its Lifetime Achievement Award not only for this book but also for her writings, speeches and work on films and music of the Holocaust.

An alumna of Barnard College, Caroline received her graduate degree from the Eastman School of Music.

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About Alice Herz-Sommer

Alice Herz-Sommer is the world’s oldest living pianist and Holocaust Survivor.

At 110 years old Alice is an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first 13 years of this one. She has seen it all, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time – from Franz Kafka to Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein and Golda Meir.

Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and the murders of her mother and husband by the Nazis, Alice has been victorious in her ability to live a life without bitterness or hatred. She credit music as a key to her survival.

She continues to practice three hours each day. Alice lives alone, but is not lonely. The music that sustained her in the concentration camp sustains her now.

“I have lived my life in music. I will die in music. Music is God”, she says.