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Gielen, Michael (Andreas)

Gielen, Michael (Andreas) (b Dresden, 1927). Austrian conductor, composer, and pianist. Family emigrated to Argentine 1939. Studied Buenos Aires, where he perf. all Schoenberg's pf. works, 1942–9. Mus. staff, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, 1947–50. Joined staff of Vienna State Opera 1950, becoming resident cond. 1954–60. Chief cond. Royal Swed. Opera, Stockholm, 1960–5. Cond. W. Ger. Radio Orch., Cologne, 1965–9. Mus. dir., Nat. Orch. of Belg. 1969–72; mus. dir. Netherlands Opera 1973–4. NY début 1971. Salzburg Fest. début 1972. Mus. dir., Frankfurt Opera, 1977–87. Chief guest cond., BBCSO 1979–82. Mus. dir., Cincinnati SO 1980–6. Cond. Baden-Baden Radio SO from 1986. Prof. of cond., Salzburg Mozarteum from 1987. Particularly noted for championship of contemp. music. Comps. incl. chamber cantatas, choral works, and chamber mus.

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