Death of Czech Philharmonic chief, 70

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


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  • 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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