Music Directors in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1703-01-11 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1753)
  • 1708-11-04 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1771)
  • 1763-06-14 Johann "Giovanni" Simon Mayr, German composer and music director (Cathedral of Bergamo, 1802-45), born in Mendorf, Bavaria (d. 1845)
  • 1824-01-29 Karl von Perfall, German composer and music director (Royal Bavarian Court and Residence Theater, 1868-92), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1907)
  • 1852-03-06 Josef Bayer, Austrian composer, and music director (Austrian Court Ballet, 1883-1913), born in Vienna, Austra (d. 1913)
  • 1883-11-06 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, born in Barnstaple, Devon (d. 1945)
  • 1897-03-06 Knudåge Riisager, Danish composer, and music director (Royal Danish Academy of Music, 1956-67), born in Kunda, Estonia (d. 1974)
  • 1898-08-01 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1908-03-03 Riccardo Nielsen, Italian composer and music director, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1909-02-21 George van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • 1911-08-23 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • 1914-02-09 Ralph Herman, American Emmy Award-winning composer (From the Scriptures; Circus Time), orchestra leader, and music director (ABC-TV, 1952-71), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1918-10-10 George Rhodes, American pianist, composer, arranger, and music director (Sammy Davis, Jr. Show), born in Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1919-12-25 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1922-07-07 Artie Malvin, American vocalist (Glenn Miller; Jimmy Dorsey), arranger and music director (Julie LaRosa; Pat Boone; Carol Burnett), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 1928-08-30 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1933-04-08 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer (Metamorfosi), music director, dramaturge, pedagogue, and musicologist, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1935-12-30 Bruno Canino, Italian pianist, harpsichordist, composer, and music director, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1941-04-26 John Mitchell, American classical composer, organist, church music director, and opera coach, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1943-07-14 Harold Wheeler, American pianist, music director, composer, and orchestrator, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1946-10-18 Howard Shore, Canadian television and film composer (Lord of the Rings trilogy; 1st music director of Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1948-05-06 Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), born in Cannes, France (d. 2015)
  • 1948-12-31 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), born in Bromley, England (d. 2019)
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1956-11-09 Eve de Castro-Robinson, New Zealand classical composer (Other Echoes; A Chaos Of Delight), music director (Karlheinz Company), and educator (University of Auckland), born in London, England
  • 1957-12-20 Arturs Maskats, Latvian classical composer and music director (Rainis Dailes Theatre; Latvian National Opera), born in Valmiera, Latvia
  • 1959-10-20 Vasti Jackson, American electric blues guitarist, music director, and record producer, born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1960-08-13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1968-05-16 Andrew Nethsingha, British organist, choral conductor, and music director (St John's College, Cambridge, 2007-), born in Exeter, England
  • 1968-09-19 Paweł Łukaszewski, Polish classical and choral music composer, and music director (Musica Sacra - Warsaw), born in Częstochowa, Poland
  • 1995-07-28 Anna Lapwood, British classical organist, music director (Pembroke College, Cambridge), and radio presenter (BBC), born in England

Deaths in Music

  • 1753-10-23 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, dies at 50
  • 1771-10-18 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, dies at 62
  • 1845-12-02 Johann "Giovanni" Simon Mayr, German composer and music director (Cathedral of Bergamo, 1802-45), dies at 82
  • 1853-04-11 Louis-Emmanuel Jadin, French pianist, music director, and composer, dies at 84
  • 1913-03-12 Josef Bayer, composer, Austrian composer, and music director (Austrian Court Ballet, 1883-1913), dies at 61
  • 1945-04-24 Hubert Bath, British film composer and music director, dies at 61
  • 1975-07-14 Madan Mohan, India Hindi Film Melodious Music director, dies at 51
  • 1980-04-16 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81
  • 1985-12-25 George Rhodes, American pianist, composer, arranger, and music director (Sammy Davis, Jr. Show), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1994-07-28 Ralph Herman, American Emmy Award-winning composer (From the Scriptures; Circus Time), orchestra leader, and music director (ABC-TV, 1952-71), dies after a stroke at 80
  • 1994-12-10 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • 2006-05-05 Naushad Ali, Indian composer, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • 2006-07-16 Artie Malvin, American vocalist (Glenn Miller; Jimmy Dorsey), arranger and music director (Julie LaRosa; Pat Boone; Carol Burnett), dies at 83
  • 2008-11-23 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2011-04-19 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer (Metamorfosi), music director, dramaturge, pedagogue, and musicologist, dies at 78
  • 2011-11-05 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker, dies at 85
  • 2011-12-31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77
  • 2014-06-18 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), dies at 85
  • 2015-09-05 Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2019-11-22 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), dies of cancer at 70