Aside from his conducting studies in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky (who taught Abbado, Mehta and many more), Ed Forner also spent time with Nadia Boulanger, Igor Markevitch and Pierre Monteux – quite a roster of influences.
He worked at the Stadttheater, in Rendsburg, Germany, and with the orchestras of Netherlands Radio and Radio Madrid and Monte Carlo. In 1970, he took up teaching at Macalester College and became conductor of the St. Paul Civic Symphony. He later served as resident conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and music director of Opera St. Paul.
Louis Edouard Forner died on March 20, aged 78.