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Lynn Gaubatz
Profiled by Current Biography

NEW YORK CITY -- American virtuoso Lynn Gaubatz will be profiled by Current Biography in its February 2001 edition. Gaubatz joins U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, architect Norman Foster, violinist Joshua Bell, and Tipper Gore, all recent subjects of Current Biography profiles.

Current Biography, published continuously since 1940, is acclaimed as a source of well-documented, accurate, and objective reporting on the lives of the artists, politicians, businesspeople, journalists, actors, authors, sports figures, scientists, and others who make today's headlines and tomorrow's history. Current Biography publishes articles on people of achievement in all fields of endeavor, offering in-depth profiles of people who are prominent in their fields.

Lynn Gaubatz is a name familiar to audiences around the world. Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Gaubatz has performed as soloist in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Her critically-acclaimed performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto have been broadcast on three continents by PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and she's the only bassoonist ever to have a recital broadcast worldwide by The Voice of America. She is also the only bassoon soloist ever featured at the Smithsonian Institution's Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience in Washington, DC.

Through her research into the lives and work of composers whose work was labeled Entartete Musik [degenerate music] because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents, Gaubatz is uncovering and performing music that was banned by Hitler, much of it never before published or performed. Gaubatz was the only musician invited to perform at the International Holocaust Conference in Vienna, Austria in September 1999, where she performed a solo work by exiled Viennese composer Egon Wellesz at the official reception given by the Burgermeister of Vienna.

On a worldwide broadcast from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on August 28, 2000, Gaubatz performed the world broadcast première of a work she discovered by Austrian-American composer Eric Zeisl. The performance included music by Alexandre Tansman, Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Hindemith, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, all of whose music was labeled Entartete Musik and banned in Nazi Germany. Gaubatz also wrote an article about the life and music of Zeisl which appeared in the May edition of Austria Kultur, the magazine of the Austrian Cultural Institute, and on May 18, his 95th birthday, performed the world première of his piece The Good Old Time. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.]

In 1999, Gaubatz performed as soloist at the ceremony during which Carmel Budiardjo, the 1995 recipient of the alternative Nobel Peace Prize and leader of Tapol (an organization which supports political prisoners and fights for human rights in Indonesia) awarded an international Peace Prize to East Timorese Student Leader Antero B. da Silva. Earlier guests of honor for this conference have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director_General of the World Health Organization; Chai Ling, the leader of the student uprising in China in 1989; and author Taslima Nasreen. During the same conference, a solo by Gaubatz served as an introduction to a speech by Jasmind Sooka from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the commission established to help South Africa deal with its post-apartheid era problems.

She has played as principal bassoonist under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Georg Solti and others, with orchestras in Austria, Germany, Spain, Venezuela and the U.S. She has performed at music festivals around the world, including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart's Don Giovanni. She taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria from 1982 to 1984, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.

Gaubatz has close ties to Austria, and is helping raise funds for the renovation of a historic 19th-century church and Carmelite cloister in Vienna, Austria. She has translated the friars' website and materials from the original German into English, and has spread the information around the world via the Internet. She is planning a benefit concert in Vienna to help with the $2.7 million renovation. Other benefit concerts she has given in the US and Europe have included concerts for Musicians Against World Hunger, scholarship funds for a community music school in Washington, DC, and a group which aids in the nuclear disarmament of the former Soviet Union. She also created websites in both English and Spanish for an organization which supports the work of lay and religious persons caring for the poor, the aged, and the mentally impaired.

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