Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin

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Kirill Kondrashin, 1979

Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin ( Russian Кирилл Петрович Кондрашин * February 21 jul. / 6. March  1914 greg. In Moscow , †  8. March 1981 in Amsterdam ) was a Russian conductor .


Kondrashin came from a family of musicians. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory from 1932 to 1936 . From 1938 to 1943 he was first conductor at the Maly Opera Theater in Leningrad , after which he worked for 13 years in various functions at the Moscow Bolshoi Theater . From 1956 he was one of the chief conductors of the Moscow Philharmonic , from 1960 to 1976 its artistic director. In the 1960s he premiered various works by his friend Dmitri D. Shostakovich , a. a. his symphonies No. 4 and No. 13 as well as the 2nd violin concerto. In 1979 he asked for political asylum while on tour in the Netherlands.

From then on, he worked with the Concertgebouw Orchestra as 2nd chief conductor alongside Bernard Haitink . In 1981 he was designated chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , but died unexpectedly before he could take up this post.




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  1. The golden Mahler medal .; accessed on October 30, 2014