Music Conductors in History

Events in Music


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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 423

  • 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 Bukovina (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)
  • 1861-12-17 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, Utrecht Neth, conductor (NY Philharmonic 1922-30)
  • 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
  • 1876-07-26 Ernest Schelling, Belvidere NJ, composer/conductor (Victory Ball)
  • 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/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)
  • 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, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony), born in London, England
  • 1882-04-23 Albert Coates, St Petersburg Russia, conductor/composer (Eagle)
  • 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 Kiev Ukraine, conductor (Seattle Symph)
  • 1886-10-06 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • 1887-06-23 John Finley Williamson, Canton Ohio, conductor (Westminster Choir)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 243

  • 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
  • 1911-07-02 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 J Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Mattheus Passion), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 1963-02-20 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
  • 1968-11-06 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • 1969-02-20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • 1970-02-02 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76