Emmerich Smola

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Emmerich Smola (born July 8, 1922 in Bergreichenstein , Bohemia ; † August 16, 2011 in Kaiserslautern ) was a German conductor .


Emmerich Smola studied at the Prague Conservatory at the age of 12. In 1946 he began his career as a double bass player with the Funkorchester Kaiserslautern , newly founded under the French military government , of which he became chief conductor in 1948. After its merger with the Koblenz entertainment orchestra in 1951 as part of a channel restructuring, he was chief conductor of the Kaiserslautern radio orchestra of Südwestfunk until 1987 , as well as head of the music department and head of the Kaiserslautern studio of Südwestfunk.

According to the SWR, Smola is likely to hold the world record in terms of the number and range of music he has recorded: over 18,000 different titles can be found in the SWR archive - from baroque music to new music, from opera and operetta to jazz and musicals.

The Emmerich-Smola-Musikschule of the city of Kaiserslautern, the Emmerich-Smola-Musikhalle in Kaiserslautern, the Emmerich-Smola-Platz in Kaiserslautern and an Emmerich-Smola Prize for the promotion of young musicians are named after him.


Film about Smola

Harold Woetzel : Smola - a Myth (SWR TV film)

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