Pierre Audi on the passing of Winfried Maczewski

Winfried was no ordinary chorus master. He was a man embued with a deep artistic mission. He brought to our Company and espescially to our chorus the gift of artistic consciousness: WHY do we make music together? WHY do choristers also have a responsibility to make great theatre? His leadership provided profound inspiration, and a greater understanding for the need to reach for perfection whilst remaining a humble servant to the gift of artistic expression.

Working with Winfried shaped my artistic project for DNO in crucial years which saw historic productions such as Moses und Aron by Schoenberg with Pierre Boulez and Peter Stein, come to light. Without Winfried this milestone in the history of opera in the Netherlands would not have been possible.

His legacy survives him as a standard and an ethic this Company will always want to live up to.

Thank you Winfried from the bottom of my heart.

Pierre Audi