Personalities | Rudolf Kempe | Contemporary | Classical
After seven years as oboist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kempe joined the music staff of the Leipzig Opera in 1935. He conducted at the Chemnitz Opera during and after the war, before becoming music director at Dresden 1949–52 and Munich 1952–54. He succeeded Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) as principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961 and was appointed principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1975. He was a noted interpreter of Wagner.
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