Hye-Knudsen, Johan, Danish conductor and composer; b. Nyborg, May 24, 1896; d. Copenhagen, Sept. 28, 1975. He studied cello at the Copenhagen Cons, with Rudinger; also in Paris with André Hekking; studied conducting in Dresden with Fritz Busch. In 1925 he was named a conductor of the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen; concurrently led concerts of the Royal Danish Orch. He wrote a number of orch. works and 2 operas: Orfeus i underverdenen (Copenhagen, Jan. 1, 1934) and Kirke og orgel (Copenhagen, Nov. 8, 1947).
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