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Osias Wilenski (b1933)

Osias Wilenski was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1933, the son of a Polish father and a Russian mother. From an early age he studied piano with Professor Vicente Scaramuzza and harmony, counterpoint and composition with Erwin Leuchter (himself a pupil of Alban Berg). From him stemmed an early interest in 12-tone music. During the ’50s and with the help of pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Wilenski won a scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he resided for several years. There, he studied composition with William Bergsma, William Schuman and Vincent Persichetti. He was also the only private piano pupil of virtuoso Simon Barere, and performed in New York’s Hunter College and Town Hall.

When back in Argentina he continued his piano tours but in 1960 decided that this was not his real vocation and abandoned music to dedicate himself to a career in cinema and television. During this time he produced several short films. Moto Perpetuo won first prize at the Mar del Plata film festival, and Ramon Gomez de la Serna, about the house of the famous Spanish writer, won the short film prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. Osias Wilenski also produced and directed two feature films, the l962 El Perseguidor, based on a short story by Julio Cortazar and Dale Nomás (l966) a film made up of sketches.

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