We have been informed of the death in Montreal of Franz-Paul Decker, who was music director of many orchestras around the world,
Starting at Bochum ((1956–1964), he led the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1962–1967), Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1967–1975), the Barcelona (1985–1991), and New Zealand (1991–1996) symphony orchestras.
Much of his secondary activity was in Canada where he served as Artistic Advisor to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (1975–1977) and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Guest Conductor in Ottawa (1991–1999) and Edmonton (2003–2004).
He made a considerable number of recordings, latterly on the Naxos label and was renowned as an interpreter of late-romantic composers, especially Richard Strauss. Our sympathies to his family. Death notice here.