Celebrated Pianist in Homecoming Concert
The name Leske has been synonymous with Classical Music in South Australia for more than fifty years. So it was fitting that the finale of Adelaide German Week 2023 should be a piano recital by Clemens Leske junior.
His father Clemens Leske senior, himself a renowned pianist, had been Director of Adelaide’s Conservatorium of Music, while his mother Beryl Kimber, one of Australia’s foremost violinists, had been a teacher there for 34 years. Clemens junior, before continuing his studies in music overseas, had been a student.
Among the audience for the concert were the the Conservatorium’s current Director, Dr Anna Goldsworthy, and senior lecturer Dr Helen Ayers.
Fitting too was the venue: Chateau Tanunda. Clemens junior’s great-great-grandfather had arrived in South Australia as a migrant aboard the Emmy in 1850. On the same ship came the Seppelt family, owners in later years of Chateau Tanunda.
It was an afternoon of wonderful music, made possible by the generosity of John Geber and Chateau Tanunda and grants from the South Australian Government and the Barossa Council.
Konzert at the Chateau was organized by the Barossa German Language Association, particularly the President Steffi Traeger, with assistance from Chateau Tanunda and Adelaide German Week’s Reinhard Struve.