Kolja Lessing was born in1961 in Karlsruhe. His versatility, adventurous approach, and ability tocombine research and performance are evident from his wide-ranging musicalactivities. He performs as a pianist and violinist, he is professor of violin,chamber music and contemporary music at the Musikhochschule in Leipzig, hecomposes, and in 1995 he made his debut as a conductor. He also devotestremendous energy to researching unjustly neglected twentieth centurycomposers, and has organised many concerts, including portrait concertsfeaturing works by some of Schreker's pupils: Berthold Goldschmidt, FelixPetyrek, Ignace Strasfogel, Zdenka von Ticharich and Grete von Zieritz.
His CD recordings have mainlybeen devoted to the works of Emil Bohnke, Igor Markevitch and BertholdGoldschmidt: he has recorded Goldschmidt's entire oeuvre for piano, and hisrecording of the Piano Sonata (1926) was awarded the 'Preis der deutschenSchallplattenkritik'. Goldschmidt dedicated his Capriccio for solo violin toLessing in recognition of his work. Lessing also collaborated closely withIgnace Strasfogel; his monograph on this composer, commissioned by MusicaReanimata, is due to appear concurrently with this CD.
His musicological commitmentto twentieth century music is reflected in various publications: in 2000 he isproducing the first monograph on Ignace Strasfogel. Composers such as AbelEhrlich, Jacqueling Fontyn, Berthold Goldschmidt, Ignace Strasfogel and HansVogt have written violin works specially for Kolja Lessing who has given theirfirst performance. He wrote the first book about Goldschmidt's operas inrelation to the music of the time..