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Wolfgang Sawallisch
Wolfgang Sawallisch

B108036   B 108 036
J. Brahms, L. v. Beethoven: Cello Sonatas
S108019   S 108 019
S. Barber, R. Schumann - Wolfgang Sawallisch
B108049   B 108 049
R. Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Siegfried-Idyll
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Born in Munich in 1923, Wolfgang Sawallisch is one of the reigning contemporary conductors. After private studies and the successful completion of his exam at the Munich Conservatory, he embarked on his career as conductor at the Augsburg City Music Theater in 1947. Starting in 1953, he held positions as Musical Director in Aachen, Wiesbaden, and Cologne; as professor at the Cologne Conservatory, he directed a master class for conductors. During the same year, he was the youngest conductor ever invited at the music stand of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has been close ever since. From 1957 until 1962, he conducted at the Bayreuth Festival. From 1960 until 1970, he served as General Music Director of Hamburg and First Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra; at the same time, he also served as Leading Conductor of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.

Both orchestras appointed him Honorary Member and Honorary Conductor Laureate. From 1973 till 1980, Mr. Swallisch served as Directeur Artistique des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. In 1971, he became General Music Director of Bavaria and in 1982 General Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Opera, of which he was appointed Honorary Member in 1992, after his retirement from it. From 1993 till 2003, Wolfgang Sawallisch served as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra in the U.S.A. Today he is Honorary Conductor Laureate of this orchestra.

Since the summer of 2003, he has been active as guest conductor exclusively. He regularly conducts the NHK-Orchestra in Tokio (of which he is the only Honorary Conductor Laureate), the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Orchestre de Paris, the Concertgebouw Orkest, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is the only non-Italian recipient of "Toscanini’s Golden Conductor’s Baton," which the Milano Scala bestowed on him to honor his association of 35 years with this institute. Distinctions and honors of the highest order from abroad and home have proven to the musician Sawallisch the high artistic rank and esteem which he enjoys throughout the world.

An extensive list of recordings with Philips, Orfeo, EMI, FARAO classics etc. confirms his large opera and concert repertoire. As pianist in the area of chamber music and as accompanist of leading contemporary singers, Wolfgang Sawallisch has enjoyed the greatest recognition.

Wolfgang Sawallisch is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, as well as President of the Richard Strauss Society in Munich, a post he has held for over 20 years. For many years, he has supported the music school of this hometown Grassau, of which he is an Honorary Citizen. To afford enduring support, he created the nonprofit Wolgang-Sawallisch-Foundation in 2002.