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Horst Stein

Horst Stein.

Horst Walter Stein (born 2 May 1928 in Elberfeld, Germany; died 27 July 2008 in Vandœuvres, Switzerland) was a German conductor.


  • Biography 1
  • Honours and awards 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Stein's father was a mechanic. At school in Frankfurt, he studied piano, oboe, and singing. Later, he continued studies at the university in Cologne, including lessons in composition with Busoni's disciple Philipp Jarnach. From 1947 to 1951, he was a repetiteur in Wuppertal.

In 1955, at the invitation of Erich Kleiber[1] Stein conducted at the opening of the restored Berlin State Opera (Unter den Linden),[2] and subsequently worked there as a Staatskapellmeister. From 1961 to 1963, he worked under the leadership of Rolf Liebermann as deputy chief conductor at the Hamburg State Opera. From 1963 to 1970, Stein served as chief conductor and director of opera at the Mannheim National Theatre. Stein held a regular post at the Vienna State Opera from 1969 to 1971, where he conducted 500 performances.[3] He returned to the Hamburg State Opera as General Music Director from 1972 to 1977.

In 1952, Stein began work as a conducting assistant at the Bayreuth Festival to such conductors as Joseph Keilberth, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan. From 1969 to 1986, he conducted 76 performances there, including the 1983 Bayreuth centenary production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.;[4] although Gramophone magazine gives the number between those years as 138.[5]

He held principal conducting positions with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. He was especially associated with the music of Max Reger and recorded several Reger works, besides many works of the German Romantic period. He spent much time training young conductors.[6]

Honours and awards

This article incorporates information from the Deutsch WorldHeritage.


  1. ^ Gramophone, October 2008, p8
  2. ^ Raeburn, Christopher and Koegler, Horst, "New Opera Houses" (Winter, 1955–1956). Tempo (New Ser.), 38" pp. 23-29.
  3. ^ Gramophone, October 2008, p8
  4. ^ Kinderman, William, "Performers and Instruments: Bayreuth 1983" (Summer 1984). 19th-Century Music, 8 (1): pp. 60-63.
  5. ^ Gramophone, October 2008, p8
  6. ^ Gramophone, October 2008, p8

External links

  • Horst Walter Stein discography (German)
Preceded by
Witold Rowicki
Principal Conductor, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Jonathan Nott
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