A violin-player from Sweden presented in Russia a book about his father

May 2013

The Russia concert tour of Semmy Stahlhammer, the first concertmaster of the Stockholm Royal Opera was finished with presentation of his book "Codename BARBER". The book is about the story of Semmy's father, a Jew of Polish origin, who fought on the side of the USSR during WWII.

скрипач Семми Стальхаммер

photo from archive of Semmy Stahlhammer

In one week's time the leader violin of Sweden delivered joy to the connoisseurs of the classic music in Voronezh, Kursk and other Russian cities. Before this tour, Semmy Stahlhammer toured in Australia, Canada, USA, India, Israel and Greenland where opera's arias by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart were performed. In his native Sweden he received recognition as the director of music festivals and the founder of Stahlhammer Klezmer Band. His anthology "Swedish Turn of the Century" was named the best in 2000. Totally, he recorded seven albums. Semmy Stahlhammer teaches in his Alma Mater, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Stockholm. Among other things, the Swede restores vintage violins and cellos in his workshop. He dealt with instruments of great luthiers Stradivari and Guarneri.

Prokhorovka, the site of the legendary tank combat known as the Battle of Kursk, was the most important place during his visitation of Russia. He has a special attitude toward all events of WWII.

"My father Mischa Stalhammer was a Jew from Poland who had lived near Lublin before the war," the violin-player says. "He lost his family in a German concentration camp, then escaped by miracle and joined Polish partisans. When the Red Army reached the Eastern Europe, he joined them and fought side by side with Russian soldiers at the 1st Ukrainian Front."

Semmy wrote the full story of his father in book "Codename BARBER". He presented a copy of his book to the Prokhorovka Tank Battle Museum.