One of the great conductors, Michael Gielen has died at the age of 91. A champion of contemporary music – numerous premieres (including Henze, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Zimmermann) – with a seamless appreciation of core repertoire, Gielen was also a composer.
As conductor Gielen was especially associated with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. In addition he was music director of Frankfurt Opera (1967-87) and between 1980-86 principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; he was also a principal guest of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Michael Andreas Gielen was born in Dresden on 20 July 1927 and he died on 8 March 2019. Numerous recordings capture his alluring and enlightening art over a range of repertoire, a few below.