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Karajan, Herbert von

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1989 AD
Nationality: Austrian
Categories: Conductors, Musicians

1908 – Herbert von Karajan, born 5th April in Salzburg.

1912 – Started taking piano lessons from Franz Ledwinka.

1916 – 1926 Studied at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg.

1926 – 1929 – Studied at the Vienna School of Music and Performing Arts and graduated as a conductor.

1928 – Conducted overture to Rossini’s William Tell in Vienna.

1935 – Appointed general music director of Aachen Stadttheater.

1937 – Conducted at the Vienna State Opera for the first time.

1938 – Married Elmy Holgerloef, leading operetta singer at the Aachen opera house.

1939 – Appointed conductor at the Berlin State Opera.

1942 – Married Anita Gütermann.

1946 – First post-war concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna.

1947 – First collaboration with the Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna.

1948 – 1960 – Close collaboration with Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

1948 – Artistic Director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna.

1948 – 1949 – Participated in Salzburg Festivals.

1951 – 1952 Conducted at the Bayreuth Festival.

1955 – Appointed principal conductor for life of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

1957 – 1964 Artistic Director of the Vienna State Opera.

1957 – 1960 Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival.

1958 – Married Eliette Mouret.

1963 – Opening concert for the Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony).

1969 – Establishment of the Research Institute of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation for Experimental Psychology in Music.

1978 – Honorary Doctorate (Ph.D) from Salzburg University.
       – Received Honorary Doctorate (D.Mus) from Oxford University.

1982 – Eliette Von Karajan’s début as a painter, exhibiting her pictures on the record sleeves for the "Karajan-Edition" in the new "Galleria" series.

1983 – The Royal Philharmonic Society, London, honours Herbert von Karajan with its Gold Medal.

1985 – Conducted Mozart’s Coronation Mass. First time that an orchestra was allowed in the Holy City to participate during a Mass.

       – Received the Honorary Ring of the Salzburg Festival

1989 – In February, last appearance in the USA with the Vienna Philharmonic.
       – Died on the 16th of July.