Composers You Should Know: Ruth Schönthal

This week we are honoring the life and music of German composer, pianist, and educator Ruth Schönthal (1924-2006).  Born in Hamburg, she demonstrated an early talent and became the young student ever accepted to the Stern’sches Konservatorium in Berlin at age five.  After being forced to leave Nazi Germany in 1935 due to her Jewish heritage, Schönthal continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.  The turmoil in Europe led to further moves – first the USSR, then Japan, and Mexico City where Paul Hindemith heard her perform her own works for piano in recital.  Shortly afterward, Hindemith…