The Mahler Hour -Family Portraits: Robert(o) Mahler

Saturday, January 27th, 2024 | 16:00 CET


With this program we start yet another series of Mahler Hour programs, this one dedicated to portraits of the Mahler family: looking more closely at some of the relatives of the great composer, many of whom were accomplished musicians.

We begin with the fascinating life story of Robert Mahler. Born in 1881 not far from Mahler’s hometown, he was the son of the brother of Mahler’s father. This cousin of Gustav soon found himself making his career as a composer, conductor, and violinist in Vienna.

Despite his musical successes in operetta and entertainment music, Robert makes his way to South America and eventually settles in Chile. Here he becomes entangled in the economic and political turmoil of the 1930s but nevertheless plays a pioneering role in the musical life of Patagonia.

Musicologist and Robert Mahler expert José Manuel Izquierdo walks us through the life and times, the tribulations and accomplishments of this intriguing figure.

Play now and join us for an eye-opening look at a forgotten Mahler: Roberto, Gustav’s long-forgotten cousin!


  • José Manuel Izquierdo – Musicologist, Expert on Roberto Mahler, Universidad Católica de Chile

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