Famous Austrian Conductors

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Gustav Mahler
(Composer, Conductor)

Gustav Mahler
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Birthdate: July 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaliště, Czechia
Died: May 18, 1911

Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer and conductor Gustav Mahler symbolized the transition of 19th-century Austro-German music to early-20th-century modernism. His music was banned during the Nazi era but was rediscovered later. Famous for his Eighth Symphony, he had also been the director of the Hofoper (Vienna Court Opera).

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Herbert von Karajan
(He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 34 years)

Herbert von Karajan
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Birthdate: April 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: July 16, 1989

The principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for over 3 decades, Herbert von Karajan was a piano prodigy in childhood. Though a Nazi Party member, he later claimed he had not been too keen on joining the party. The three-time Grammy winner was also an avid sports lover.

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Leopold Mozart
(Composer)

Leopold Mozart
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Birthdate: November 14, 1719
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: May 28, 1787

German violinist and composer Leopold Mozart is best remembered as the father and music teacher of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, Leopold was often blamed for exploiting his son’s musical talent by pushing him to perform as a child. He also had a troubled relationship with his adult son.

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Anton Webern
(Composer, Conductor)

Anton Webern
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Birthdate: December 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 15, 1945

Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a core member in the circle of the Second Viennese School and an exponent of atonality and twelve-tone technique. He focused on lyricism, nuance, and sensitivity in the performance of music and was considered radical for his era. He received posthumous attention in the latter half of the 20th century. 

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
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Birthdate: July 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 29, 1844

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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Birthdate: December 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 5, 2016

Nikolaus Harnoncourt began his musical career as a classical cellist and grew up to be one of the finest conductors of Austria. He ruled the music scene with the ensemble Concentus Musicus, focusing on historical performance, and later also worked with modern ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold
(Composer, Conductor)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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Birthdate: May 29, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brünn, Moravia, Austria
Died: November 29, 1957
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August Kubizek
(Conductor best known for being a close friend of Adolf Hitler, when both were in their late teens)

August Kubizek
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Birthdate: August 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: October 23, 1956

Austrian musical conductor August Kubizek is best-remembered for his close friendship with Adolf Hitler during their late-teens. They reunited after thirty years following which the Nazi Party hired Kubizek to write about his youth with Hitler in two short propaganda booklets called Reminiscences. Kubizek also wrote about his childhood experience with Hitler in the book The Young Hitler I Knew.

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Andras Schiff
(Pianist)

Andras Schiff
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Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born to Holocaust survivors, Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff began learning the piano at age 5. He is now best known for his interpretations of legends such as of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. His numerous awards include a Grammy. He was also knighted for his achievements.

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Franz von Suppé
(Former Composer, Conductor notable for his four dozen operettas)

Franz von Suppé
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Birthdate: April 18, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: May 21, 1895

Austrian composer Franz von Suppé was a major figure of the 19th-century light music in both Austria and Germany. He mostly performed at Viennese theaters such as Theater an der Wien. Some of his best-known works are Leichte Kavallerie, or Light Cavalry, and Dichter und Bauer, or Poet and Peasant.

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Alexander von Zemlinsky
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Birthdate: October 14, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 15, 1942

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Franz Xaver Süssmayr
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Birthdate: July 22, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schwanenstadt, Oberösterreich, Austria
Died: September 17, 1803

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Alma Rosé
(Conductor, Violinist)

Alma Rosé
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Birthdate: November 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 5, 1944

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Franz Schreker
(Composer)

Franz Schreker
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Birthdate: March 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Monaco
Died: March 21, 1934

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Robert Stolz
(Conductor)

Robert Stolz
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Birthdate: August 25, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: June 27, 1975

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Viktor Ullmann
(Composer)

Viktor Ullmann
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Birthdate: January 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cieszyn, Poland
Died: October 18, 1944

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Erich Kleiber
(A Remarkable Conductor of Mozart, Beethoven and Richard Strauss and an Advocate of New Music)

Erich Kleiber
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Birthdate: August 5, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 27, 1956

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Felix Weingartner
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Birthdate: June 2, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Died: May 7, 1942

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Clemens Krauss
(Former conductor, opera impresario, particularly associated with the music of Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss and Richard Wagner)

Clemens Krauss
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Birthdate: March 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 16, 1954

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Kurt Adler
(Conductor)

Kurt Adler
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Birthdate: March 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jindrichuv Hradec, Czechia
Died: September 21, 1977

Kurt Adler began studying music at age 6 and delivered his first public piano performance at 14. Though his parents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp, Adler fled to the U.S. and settled in New York. The master conductor is best remembered for his association with the Metropolitan Opera.

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Wolfgang Heinz
(Film actor)

Wolfgang Heinz
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Birthdate: May 18, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plzeň Pilsen, Austria
Died: October 30, 1984

 22 
Beat Furrer
(Composer, Conductor)

Beat Furrer
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Birthdate: December 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland

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Felix Mottl
(Conductor)

Felix Mottl
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Birthdate: August 24, 1856
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hietzing, Vienna
Died: July 2, 1911

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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian
(Violinist who represented Austria at the Eurovision Young Musicians contest 2012)

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian
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Birthdate: April 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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Ignaz von Seyfried
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Birthdate: August 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 27, 1841

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Kurt Herbert Adler
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Birthdate: April 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 9, 1988

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Joseph Gungl
(Composer)

Joseph Gungl
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Birthdate: December 1, 1809
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zsambek, Hungary
Died: February 1, 1889