Personalities | Herbert von Karajan | Contemporary | Classical
Appointed music director at Aachen in 1934, he conducted Tristan und Isolde three years later in Berlin. From 1948 to 1960 he had a close association with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He succeeded his rival Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886–1954) as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1955, was artistic director of the Salzburg Festival 1956–60, and director of the Vienna State Opera 1957–64. He also conducted at La Scala and Bayreuth, and founded the Salzburg Easter Festival in 1967.
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