Death of Czech Philharmonic chief, 70

November 6, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The composer Václav Riedlbauch, who ran the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as direc tor general from 2001 to 2009, has died after a long illness.

He made two unsuccessful conductor appointments, replacing Vladimir Ashkenazy with Zdenek Macal, and Macal with Eliahu Inbal in an unhappy period for the orchestra.

After being deposed in a player revolt, Riedlbauch served for a year as Minister for Culture. He taught for 35 years at the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague. Among his compositions was a long-running ballet, Macbeth


Comments (2)

  1. Sue says:

    Beautiful orchestra, which I absolutely love!!

  2. Wolfgang S. says:

    Václav Riedlbauch was a curious, wonderful and enthusiastic musiclover who brought a breath of fresh air into Prague’s musical life. I liked his sincere, open personality. He will be missed.

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