Herbert von Karajan

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Birthday
5, 1908
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Jul 16, 1989 (81)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
5, 1908
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Jul 16, 1989 (81)

About

Remembered best for his nearly four-decade career as the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, von Karajan sold close to two hundred million recordings and won numerous honors, including the Austrian Medal for Science and Art; the Grand Merit Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany; and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.

Before Fame

A piano prodigy, he trained during his childhood years at Salzburg's Mozarteum and went on to study both piano and conducting at the Vienna Academy.

Trivia

His membership in the Nazi Party (which he joined in 1933) resulted in his being banned from several post-World War II conducting positions.

Family Life

He was born in Salzburg, Austria-Hungary, to a family of Greek and Slovene ancestry. On his maternal side, he was distantly related to composer Hugo Wolf.

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He and Seiji Ozawa both conducted major European orchestras.

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