Famous Conductors in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1938-01-10 Eduard van Beinum becomes world's 1st conductor at Concert Hall
  • 1993-12-15 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
  • 2017-12-04 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 535

  • 1604-01-04 Jacob Balde, German jesuit/barok conductor (Jephthe)
  • 1694-09-05 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, born in Třebíč, Czech Republic (d. 1744)
  • 1694-10-26 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1758)
  • 1724-09-14 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, born in Baden bei Wien, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1748-02-05 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Beethoven, born in Shimnitz, Saxony (d. 1798)
  • 1760-01-10 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German composer & conductor, born in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1764-04-18 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1766-03-28 Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer and conductor (Emmeline), born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1846)
  • 1768-03-12 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • 1770-06-04 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, born in Dartmoor, England (d. 1827)
  • 1781-08-09 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • 1785-03-06 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), born in Włoszakowice, Poland (d. 1857)
  • 1786-01-03 [Johann Christian] Friedrich Schneider, German composer and conductor (d. 1853)
  • 1786-11-18 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, born in London (d. 1855)
  • 1787-11-27 Christian Rummel, German conductor and composer, born in Gollachostheim, Bavaria (d. 1849)
  • 1791-05-29 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • 1796-01-24 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1797-04-17 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • 1806-06-02 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1888)
  • 1811-03-30 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1811-10-24 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1812-04-23 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, born in Sisteron, France (d. 1860)
  • 1812-12-20 Achille Peri, Italian composer & conductor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1880)
  • 1817-02-22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • 1818-10-15 Johann Gungl, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Zsambék, Austrian Empire (d. 1883) (alternatively born March 5 1828)
  • 1819-04-14 Charles Hallé, Anglo-German pianist, conductor and founder (Halle Orchestra), born in Hagen, Westphalia (d. 1895)
  • 1819-12-22 Franz Abt, German composer & choir conductor, born in Eilenburg, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 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 and conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)
  • 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)
  • 1829-08-28 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1908)
  • 1830-09-25 Karl Klindworth, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1832-08-03 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1914)
  • 1833-05-07 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1834-08-17 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (Leie/Rubens Cantata)
  • 1837-04-25 William Charles Levey, Irish conductor and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1894)
  • 1837-12-28 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1838-08-12 Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
  • 1839-08-24 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, born in Býšť, Czech Republic (d. 1916)
  • 1840-03-08 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1891)
  • 1841-03-01 Romualdo Marenco, Italain composer and conductor, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1907)
  • 1842-03-22 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1843-04-15 Carl Eilhardt, German composer and conductor, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1911)
  • 1844-12-01 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), born in South Hackney, London (d. 1891)
  • 1845-10-26 Hendrik Waelput, Flemish composer and conductor (Forest, Stella), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1885)
  • 1847-02-07 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • 1848-07-16 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Lexicon of Music), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1933)
  • 1848-08-01 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, born in Zásmuky, Austrian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1850-12-29 Tomás Bretón, Spanish conductor and composer, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 1923)
  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • 1853-12-30 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)
  • 1855-06-17 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1855-07-19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • 1855-08-31 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)
  • 1855-10-12 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • 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-St.-Veit, Austria (d. 1911)
  • 1856-12-02 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, born in Helsingfors, Finland, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1857-07-02 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1858-05-16 Hanus Trnecek, Czech composer and conductor, born in Prague (d. 1914)
  • 1858-06-08 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • 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)
  • 1861-06-17 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), born in Islington, London (d. 1946)
  • 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
  • 1863-04-17 Johannes Petrus Boskaljon, Curacaoian composer and conductor, born in Willemstad (d. 1936)
  • 1863-04-19 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1863-06-02 Paul Felix Weingartner, German conductor (Zara, Dalmatia)
  • 1863-12-17 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1864-07-06 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), born in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil (d. 1920)
  • 1866-02-16 Johann Strauss III, Austrian composer and conductor (Dem Muthigen gehört die Welt), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 1866-04-01 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1866-11-05 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, born in Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, Wales (d. 1934)
  • 1866-11-07 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1867-01-06 Georges Martin Witkowski, French conductor & composer, born in Mostaganem, Algeria (d. 1943)
  • 1867-03-25 Arturo Toscanini, Parma Italy, temperamental conductor (NBC)
  • 1868-01-16 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1868-04-19 Max Von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), born in Düren, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1869-03-03 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • 1869-06-06 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1869-08-14 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • 1870-01-13 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/conductor/musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • 1870-07-18 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Kybartai, Lithuania (d. 1935)
  • 1870-12-02 Francis Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • 1871-03-28 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • 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)
  • 1871-12-20 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer & conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1872-04-01 Tadeusz Joteyko, Polish conductor, composer, and musicologist (Zygmunt August), born in Poczujki, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • 1873-01-06 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1873-09-26 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, born in Monticelli d'Ongina, Italy (d. 1949)
  • 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, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 352

  • 1739-09-12 Reinhard Keiser, German conductor/composer (Markus-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1744-02-15 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 49
  • 1758-10-19 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1758-11-20 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1788-12-25 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • 1798-01-26 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • 1816-03-23 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, dies at 91
  • 1821-03-23 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, dies at 56
  • 1827-08-02 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, dies at 57
  • 1842-06-20 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), dies at 60
  • 1846-02-03 Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer and conductor (Waisenhaus), dies at 79
  • 1846-02-22 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • 1849-02-13 Christian Rummel, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1849-05-11 Otto Nicolai, German composer & 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 Bishop, British composer and conductor, dies at 68
  • 1857-02-14 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
  • 1857-09-18 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • 1860-03-14 Louis-Antoine Jullien, French conductor, dies at 47
  • 1872-06-03 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53
  • 1877-01-11 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 85
  • 1885-03-31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • 1885-05-10 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1885-07-08 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • 1888-08-09 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 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 and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1891-12-28 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), dies at 47
  • 1894-08-18 William Charles Levey, Irish conductor and composer, dies at 57
  • 1895-10-25 Charles Hallé, Anglo-German pianist, conductor and founder (Halle Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1897-04-03 Johannes Brahms, German composer and 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 and conductor, dies at 78
  • 1904-09-30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1906-02-25 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1908-11-19 Albert Dietrich, German composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1910-03-28 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1911-01-15 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1911-01-24 Carl Eilhardt, German composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1911-05-18 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer & conductor (Children's Death Songs), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1911-07-02 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54
  • 1912-04-30 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1912-11-06 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, dies at 70
  • 1914-12-16 Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1916-02-29 Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
  • 1916-08-13 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1916-11-23 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, dies at 77
  • 1919-04-06 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63
  • 1920-10-16 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • 1921-02-15 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • 1922-01-23 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 66
  • 1924-05-26 Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65
  • 1926-03-03 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • 1929-02-24 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • 1930-08-04 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61
  • 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 and pianist, dies at 46
  • 1932-06-07 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, dies at 76
  • 1933-02-17 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • 1933-02-26 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1933-03-29 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, dies at 52
  • 1933-07-06 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • 1933-07-23 Max Schillings, German composer/conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1933-07-24 Max von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), dies at 65
  • 1934-02-22 Willem Kes, violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1934-02-25 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, dies at 67
  • 1935-04-05 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 64
  • 1938-03-09 Sydney Baynes, English composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1939-01-09 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor and Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • 1939-12-08 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
  • 1940-11-30 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78
  • 1941-02-19 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", 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
  • 1944-04-09 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1944-08-19 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing, My Life of Music), dies following an illness 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
  • 1945-08-17 Gino Marinuzzi, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1946-01-29 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • 1946-08-31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1946-09-03 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1946-10-16 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78
  • 1947-03-05 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • 1948-07-27 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 91
  • 1948-08-26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1948-08-27 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1949-01-09 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 75
  • 1949-09-11 Henri Rabaud, French composer/conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • 1950-02-10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • 1950-04-27 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77
  • 1950-12-22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 1951-03-22 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • 1951-05-20 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1951-06-04 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1951-09-14 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • 1952-11-23 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 62