Mitja Nikisch

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Birthday
21, 1899
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Aug 5, 1936 (37)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
21, 1899
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Aug 5, 1936 (37)

About

Respected interpreter of classical composers who was known for leading Berlin's popular jazz band the Mitja Nikisch Tanz Orchester to great acclaim.

Before Fame

He debuted on April 22, 1918, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as a piano soloist.

Trivia

His band was forced to shut down after the Nazi Party took control of Germany, prompting him to commit suicide out of despair.

Family Life

He married and divorced famed stage and film actress Nora Gregor.

Associated With

His only commercial recording was from 1934 and featured Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 's Piano Concerto no. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.