Frandsen, John

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Frandsen, John

Frandsen, John, respected Danish conductor; b. Copenhagen, July 10, 1918. He was educated at the Royal Danish Cons, of Music in Copenhagen. He then was organist at the Domkirke there (1938–53), and also made appearances as a conductor. After serving as conductor with the Danish Radio Sym. Orch. in Copenhagen (1945–46), he became a conductor at the Royal Danish Theater there; also made appearances with the Royal Danish Orch. in Copenhagen. In 1958 he toured the U.S. with the Danish Radio Sym. Orch. He was also active as a teacher, at both the Royal Danish Cons, of Music and the Opera School of the Royal Danish Theater. In 1980 he was named orch. counselor of the Danish Radio. He was particularly noted for his out-standing performances of Danish music.

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