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Michael Gielen

Austrian conductor

Michael Andreas Gielen (20 July 1927 – 8 March 2019) was an Austrian conductor and composer who promoted contemporary music in opera and concert.

Michael Gielen
Michael Andreas Gielen

(1927-07-20)20 July 1927
Died8 March 2019(2019-03-08) (aged 91)
Mondsee, Austria
  • Conductor
  • Composer

He first worked in Vienna and was Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) of the Royal Swedish Opera. He conducted world premieres such as György Ligeti's Requièm, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Carré, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera Die Soldaten and his Requiem für einen jungen Dichter. He directed the Frankfurt Opera from 1977 to 1987. During his era, the company became one of the leading operas.

Gielen was also principal conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra (1969–1973), the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1980–1986) and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (1986–1999).

Gielen died on 8 March 2019 in Mondsee, Austria from pneumonia, aged 91.[1]


  1. Schreiber, Wolfgang (8 March 2019). "Tod von Michael Gielen / Die Wahrheitsliebe der Musik". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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