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Ferenc Fricsay was born in Budapest on 9th August 1914.

1920 – 1933 Music studies and diploma from the Budapest Academy of Music piano, violin, clarinet, trombone, percussion, composition and conducting)

1930 Takes over the Young Musicians Orchestra from his father

1934 – 1944 Conductor of the Szeged Military Band and music director of the Szeged-iner Philharmonic Orchestra

1944 Escapes from the Gestapo and goes underground in Budapest

1945 – 1948 Engagement at the State Opera and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Budapest

1946 Performance of “Carmen” at  the Vienna  Volksoper

1947 World premiere of Gottfried v. Einem's “Dantons  Tod” at the Salzburg
Festival

1948 World première of Frank Martin’s “Zaubertrank” at the Salzburg Festival

1949 – 1952 Chief conductor of the Berlin RIAS Orchestra and General Music Director of the City Opera

1950 – 1955 Guest performances and concert tours in Argentina ( Buenos Aires), West Germany, Switzerland, England, Israel, USA (Houston) Lucerne Festial, Munich

1956 – 1958 Named General Music Director of the State Opera in Munich (Otello, Wozzek, Die Fürsten Chowansky, Lucia etc)

1958 Reopening of the Cuvillies-Theater (Munich) with "Marriage of Figaro". Cancellation of all engagements due to illness

1959 - 1961 Chief conductor of the Radio-Symphony Orchestra of Berlin (RSO). Inaugural concert of the large hall of the Broadcasting Studio, Free Berlin

1961 On tour with Menuhin and the RSO; in July opening performance of the Salz- burg Festival with “Idomeneo”, World première of Kodaly's Symphony in the Lucerne Festival. In September inauguration of the Deutsche Oper Berlin with “Don Giovanni”

1961 Fricsay obtains the decoration, named "Grosse Verdienstkreuzes der Bundesrepublik Deutschland"

1962 Publication of the book “Über Mozart und Bartok”

On February 20th, 1963 Ferenc Fricsay succumbs to his illness and dies in Basle at the hospital. He finds his last resting place in Ermatingen / Switzerland.

                  

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