Felix von Weingartner(1863 – 1942) was an Austrian conductor, composer and pianist. Weingartner was born in Zara, Dalmatia, today's Zadar, Croatia, to Austrian parents. He studied with Wilhelm Mayer and in 1881 went to Leipzig to study philosophy, but soon devoted himself entirely to music, entering the Conservatory in 1883
and also studying under Franz Liszt in Weimar.
Weingartner became the director of the Königsberg Opera in 1884. From 1885 to 1887 he was Kapellmeister in Danzig, then until 1889 in Hamburg, and until 1891 in Mannheim. From 1891 he was Kapellmeister of the Royal Opera and conductor of symphony concerts in Berlin; he resigned from the Opera, though continuing to conduct the Symphony concerts, and settled in Munich.
From 1908 to 1911 Weingartner was the principal conductor of the Vienna Hofoper succeeding Gustav Mahler; he retained the conductorship of the Vienna Philharmonic until 1927. From 1927 to 1934 he was music director of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. He gave his last concert in London in 1940 and died in Winterthur, Switzerland two years later.
-Wikipedia, Felix Weingartner
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