Miedél, Rainer, German conductor; b. Regensburg, June 1, 1937; d. Seattle, March 25, 1983. He studied cello with Navarra in Paris, and conducting with Ferrara in Siena and Kertész in Salzburg. In 1965 he became a cellist in the Stockholm Phil. That same year, he won 1st prize in the Swedish Radio conducting competition. In 1967 he made his formal conducting debut with the Stockholm Phil., and then was its asst. conductor (1969–76). He also was music director of the Gävleborgs Sym. Orch. (1969–76), and asst. conductor (1969–72) and assoc. conductor (1972–73) of the Baltimore Sym. Orch. From 1976 until his death he was music director of the Seattle Sym. Orch. He also was interim music director of the Fla. Phil. (1980–82).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire