Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, German conductor; b. Greiz, Sept. 6, 1937. He was a student of Gerster, Abendroth, and Pflüger at the Weimar Hochschule für Musik before completing his training with Scherchen and Celibidache. After conducting at the Weimar National Theater and at the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt an der Oder, he was conductor of the Radio Choir (1971–74) and the Radio Sym. Orch. (1974–78) in East Berlin. From 1978 to 1985 he was chief conductor of the Leipzig Radio Sym. Orch. and Choir, during which time, in 1981, he became a prof, of conducting at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. He was music director of the Stuttgart Phil, from 1985 to 1991, and also chief guest conductor of the Berlin Sym. Orch. In 1988 he became a prof, of conducting at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik. From 1991 to 1997 he was Generalmusikdirektor in Essen, where his tenure culminated in a mounting of the Ring cycle. He also appeared as a guest conductor with various opera houses and orchs. in Germany and abroad.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire