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Hans Swarowsky

Austrian conductor and music educator
The basics
Occupation Conductor Music educator Writer Educator
Country Austria
Date of birth Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Date of death Sep 10, 1975 Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Awards Ring of Honour of the city
Education University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Authority IMDB id Musicbrainz id Discogs id ISNI id VIAF id Library of congress id
The details

Hans Swarowsky (September 16, 1899 – September 10, 1975) was an Austrian conductor of Hungarian birth.

Swarowsky was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied the art of conducting under Felix Weingartner and Richard Strauss. His teachers in musical theory included Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern.

Herbert von Karajan invited him to take on the permanent position as conductor of the Vienna State Opera.

He became a professor of conducting at the Vienna Music Academy. His many conducting students included Claudio Abbado, Alexander Alexeev, Zubin Mehta, Leonid Nikolaev, Paul Angerer, Ádám and Iván Fischer, Jesús López-Cobos, Gustav Meier, Miltiades Caridis, Aleksandr Alekseyev, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Brian Jackson, Alfred Prinz, Bryan Fairfax, James Allen Gähres, Albert Rosen and Bruno Weil. Swarowsky's lectures and essays were collected into the publication Wahrung der Gestalt (Keeping Shape), which today serves as an encyclopaedia for performance and conducting. From 1957 to 1959 he was chief conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish N.O.).

He died in Salzburg, Austria, less than a week before his 76th birthday.

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