Music Conductors in History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1752-05-10 Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

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1891-05-05 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

  • 1891-05-06 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • 1938-01-10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
  • 1989-07-28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
  • 1993-12-15 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 426

  • 1604-01-04 Jacob Balde, German jesuit/barok conductor (Jephthe)
  • 1694-10-26 Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist
  • 1748-02-05 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer/conductor/tutor of Beethoven
  • 1751-09-10 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1764-04-18 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1766-03-28 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/conductor (Emmeline)
  • 1786-01-03 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor (d. 1853)
  • 1786-11-18 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor
  • 1797-04-17 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian composer/conductor
  • 1811-03-30 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1811-10-24 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor
  • 1812-04-23 Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
  • 1817-02-22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1819-04-14 Charles Halle, pianist/conductor/founder (Halle Orch)
  • 1819-12-22 Franz Wilhelm Abt, German composer/choir conductor
  • 1821-12-22 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)
  • 1822-05-16 Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1822-05-27 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire (d. 1890)
  • 1825-07-23 Richard Hol, Dutch composer/organist/conductor
  • 1827-01-19 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (Rafagas,)
  • 1827-10-06 Cark Reidel, German composer and conductor, born in Cronenberg, Wuppertal (d. 1888)
  • 1829-11-16 Anton G Rubinstein, Russian pianist/conductor/composer [OS]
  • 1830-09-25 Karl Klindworth, pianist/conductor
  • 1831-05-28 Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railway conductor
  • 1832-08-03 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1914)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1837-12-28 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1838-08-12 Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
  • 1840-03-08 Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1845-10-26 Hendrick Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Forest, Stella)
  • 1847-02-07 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • 1848-07-16 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch conductor/composer (Lexicon of Music)
  • 1848-08-01 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor
  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor
  • 1855-07-19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • 1855-10-12 Arthur Nikisch, Szent-Miklos Hungary, conductor (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • 1856-02-16 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)
  • 1856-08-24 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), born in Unter Sankt Veit, (d. 1911)
  • 1858-06-08 Antonio Nicolau, Spanish composer/conductor
  • 1859-12-31 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1860-07-07 Gustav Mahler, Kalischat Bohemia Austria, composer/conductor (Titan)
  • 1860-11-29 Hans Haym, German conductor, born in Halle (d. 1921)
  • 1861-08-09 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1861-12-17 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1862-11-01 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer/conductor/organist (Cyrano)
  • 1863-04-17 Johannes P Boskaljon, Curacao composer/conductor
  • 1863-04-19 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1863-06-02 Paul Felix Weingartner, Germany, conductor (Zara, Dalmatia)
  • 1863-12-17 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1864-07-06 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazil, composer/conductor (Artemis)
  • 1866-04-01 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1866-11-07 Paul Lincke, German composer/conductor/publisher (Frau Luna)
  • 1867-03-25 Arturo Toscanini, Parma Italy, temperamental conductor (NBC)
  • 1868-04-19 Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag)
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer/conductor (Hebridean Symphony)
  • 1869-03-03 Henry J Wood, English conductor (Gentle Art of Singing, Proms)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer/conductor
  • 1870-01-13 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/conductor (St Moniuszko)
  • 1870-12-02 Francis Louis Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1871-03-28 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d.
  • 1871-04-21 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871-05-23 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • 1873-01-06 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor
  • 1873-12-26 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • 1873-12-26 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)
  • 1874-07-26 Serge Koussevitzky, Vishny-Volotchok, Russia conductor (Boston Symp)
  • 1875-04-04 Pierre Monteux, conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France
  • 1875-08-09 Reynaldo Hahn, French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist
  • 1876-05-29 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Breda (d. 1951)
  • 1876-07-26 Ernest Schelling, composer/conductor (Victory Ball), born in Belvidere, New Jersey
  • 1876-09-15 Bruno Walter, [B W Schlesinger], conductor (NY Phil), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1876-12-29 Pablo Casals, Vendrell Catalonia Spain, cellist/conductor/composer
  • 1877-07-27 Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor (d. 1960)
  • 1878-02-16 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), born in Pori, Finland (d. 1951)
  • 1878-07-05 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1878-08-18 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, born in Lucerne (d. 1959)
  • 1879-02-26 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer/conductor/tutor of B Britten
  • 1879-07-05 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Tonhalle Orchestra)
  • 1879-10-13 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie)
  • 1879-11-23 Andre Caplet, French composer/conductor (Conte Fantastic)
  • 1880-08-25 Robert E Stolz, Austrian composer/conductor (...smaller guard)
  • 1880-12-05 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Neth violinist/conductor
  • 1881-04-20 Sem Dresden, composer/conductor
  • 1881-07-09 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1882-04-23 Albert Coates, conductor/composer (Eagle), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1882-07-08 Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1883-01-19 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • 1883-02-11 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer/conductor (Sulamith)
  • 1883-04-01 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor
  • 1883-07-29 Manuel Infante, Spanish composer/conductor
  • 1883-11-11 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (Ruilles de Printemps), born in Vevey, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1884-06-09 Johannes Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/conductor
  • 1884-11-06 Ludomir Rozycki, Polish composer/conductor (Meduza, Eros i Psyche)
  • 1884-12-05 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist
  • 1885-05-14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • 1885-09-14 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • 1886-01-25 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (d. 1954)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1886-05-28 Nicolai Sokoloff, near conductor (Seattle Symph), born in Kiev, Ukraine

Weddings in Music


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1958-06-08 Author and a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry Andrew Grove (21) weds Eva Kastan

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 252

  • 1739-09-12 Reinhard Keiser, Germ conductor/composer (Markus-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1758-10-19 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1788-12-25 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • 1789-07-04 Claudio M da Costa, Brazilian conductor, dies at 59
  • 1821-03-23 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 56
  • 1827-11-07 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 76
  • 1846-02-03 Joseph Weigl, Austria composer/conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79
  • 1849-05-11 Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, composer and conductor, dies at 38 of a stroke
  • 1853-11-23 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1855-04-30 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1857-02-14 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • 1885-03-31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • 1885-05-11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
  • 1885-07-08 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • 1889-07-07 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, dies at 67
  • 1889-08-17 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • 1890-03-13 Henry Wylde, English composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1891-07-21 Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor, dies at 51
  • 1897-04-03 Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • 1901-03-08 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • 1904-05-14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer/organist/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1904-09-30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1906-02-25 Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Russian composer/conductor c t, dies at 44
  • 1910-03-28 Edouard [Judas] Colonne, French violinist/conductor, dies
  • 1911-01-15 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1911-07-02 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54

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1913-03-10 Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, conductor on Underground RR, dies in NY at about 93

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • 1914-12-16 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1916-02-29 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 1920-10-16 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer/conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • 1921-02-15 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • 1922-01-23 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (b. 1855)
  • 1924-05-26 Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65
  • 1931-01-21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1931-02-07 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1931-11-23 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist, dies
  • 1932-06-07 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, dies at 76
  • 1933-02-26 Antonio Nicolau, Spanish composer/conductor, dies at 74
  • 1933-03-29 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Dutch violinist/conductor, dies at 52
  • 1933-07-23 Max Schillings, German composer/conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1934-02-22 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1939-01-09 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor/Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • 1940-11-30 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78
  • 1941-02-19 Hamilton Hamilton Harty, composer/conductor, dies at 61
  • 1942-01-21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1942-05-07 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1944-08-19 Henry J Wood, English conductor (My Life of Music, Proms), dies at 75
  • 1945-03-30 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1945-06-26 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • 1946-07-08 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1946-08-31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1946-09-04 Paul Lincke, German composer/conductor (Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1946-10-16 Granville Ransome Bantock, English composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1947-03-05 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer/conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • 1948-08-26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1949-01-14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1949-09-11 Henri Rabaud, French composer/conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • 1950-04-27 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • 1951-03-22 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 79
  • 1951-05-20 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitsky, conductor/composer, dies at 76
  • 1951-09-14 Fritz Busch, German conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1952-11-23 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orch), dies at 62
  • 1954-05-16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1954-06-27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • 1954-11-30 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)
  • 1954-12-31 Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75
  • 1956-01-27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies
  • 1956-02-27 Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • 1956-05-29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • 1956-11-24 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
  • 1957-01-16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1957-07-30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 76
  • 1958-08-19 Antonius "Toon" Verhey, violin cellist/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1958-08-24 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • 1958-11-27 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor/composer, dies at 66
  • 1959-04-13 Eduard A van Beinum, Dutch musician/conductor, dies at 57
  • 1959-11-17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1959-11-29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1960-02-22 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • 1960-03-27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • 1960-11-02 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • 1961-03-08 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1962-02-17 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1962-06-18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • 1963-01-16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • 1963-02-20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • 1963-11-15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), dies at 74
  • 1963-12-18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • 1964-05-28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • 1964-07-01 Pierre Monteux, French/US conductor (Concert Bldg Orch), dies at 89
  • 1965-02-14 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1965-06-07 Pierre Cardevielle, Fren composer/conductor (L'ile Rouge), dies at 59
  • 1965-09-16 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • 1966-03-06 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1966-06-12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor/music publisher, dies at 74
  • 1967-03-25 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • 1967-10-03 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • 1968-07-20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • 1968-09-06 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69