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(b Amsterdam, 1929).

Dutch conductor. Violinist in Netherlands Radio PO, becoming prin. cond. 1956. Guest cond. Concertgebouw Orch. 1958–60, becoming joint prin. cond. (with Jochum) 1961, prin. cond. 1964–87. Amer. début 1958 (Los Angeles), Brit. début 1959 (visit with Concertgebouw Orch.). Prin. cond. LPO 1967–79 (art. dir. from 1970). Brit. opera début, Glyndebourne 1972 (Die Entführung), CG 1977. Mus. dir. Glyndebourne Opera 1977–87. NY Met début 1982. Mus. dir. CG 1987–2002, where he cond. Ring cycles 1989–91 and again 1994–6. Mus. dir. Staatskapelle Dresden 2002–4. Specialist in syms. of Mahler and Bruckner. Hon. KBE 1977. Hon. CH 2002.

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