Kindler, Hans, Dutch-born American cellist and conductor; b. Rotterdam, Jan. 8, 1892; d. Watch Hill, R.I., Aug. 30, 1949. He studied at the Rotterdam Cons., receiving 1st prize for piano and cello in 1906, and also had lessons with Casals. In 1911 he was appointed prof, at Berlin’s Klindworth-Scharwenka Cons., and 1st cellist of Berlin’s Deutsches Opernhaus Orch. In 1912-13 he made a successful tour of Europe; from 1914 to 1920, was 1st cellist of the Philadelphia Orch. In 1927 he made his debut as a conductor in Philadelphia. Kindler organized the National Sym. Orch. in Washington, D.C., in 1931, and was permanent conductor until his resignation in 1948.
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