Michael Gie­len

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

Born 1927 Con­duc­tor, com­poser

Michael Gie­len was a cham­pion of new mu­sic, con­duct­ing count­less pre­mieres through­out his ca­reer. His be­gan his mu­si­cal life in Buenos Aires, study­ing as a pi­anist, and in 1950 moved to Aus­tria where he worked at the Vi­enna State Opera. By 1960 Gie­len had be­come closely af­fil­i­ated with the Royal Swedish Opera in Stock­holm where he gave the first per­for­mances of Ligeti’s Re­quiem and Stock­hausen’s Carré. In 1977 he be­came mu­sic di­rec­tor of Frank­furt Opera and the fol­low­ing year took on the post of prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the BBC Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. Be­fore re­tir­ing in 2014 Gie­len taught or­ches­tral con­duct­ing at the Salzburg Mozar­teum. From his twen­ties on­wards he also com­posed, his style in­flu­enced by the Sec­ond Vi­en­nese School.

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