Heinze, Sir Bernard (Thomas)

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Heinze, Sir Bernard (Thomas)

Heinze, Sir Bernard (Thomas), eminent Australian conductor; b. Shepparton, near Melbourne, July 1, 1894; d. Sydney, June 9, 1982. He studied at the Univ. of Melbourne, the Royal Coll. of Music in London, with d’Indy at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and with Willy Hess (violin) in Berlin. In 1924 he joined the faculty of the Melbourne Conservatorium, where he was a prof, from 1925 to 1956. In 1924 he also became conductor of the Univ. of Melbourne Orch. After it merged with the Melbourne Sym. Orch. in 1932, Heinze served as conductor of the latter until 1949. He also was conductor of the Royal Phil. Soc. in Melbourne (1927–53) and with the Australian Broadcasting Co. (1929–32), and its successor, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (from as well as adviser to the Sydney Sym. Orch. (1934–43). From 1956 to 1966 he was director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium in Sydney. He was knighted in 1949 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1976 for his manifold contributions to Australian music.


T. Radie, B. H.: A Biography (South Melbourne, 1986).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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