Paul Angerer

Austrian multi-instrumentalist, conductor, composer and radio presenter Paul Angerer was born in Vienna on 16 May 1927. He studied theory and composition with Friedrich Reidinger and Alfred Uhl, and conducting with Hans Swarowsky.

He began writing music in 1947. His many compositions are influenced by the works of Paul Hindemith. He wrote a TV opera, oratorios, a musical, theatre music for the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, orchestral works, including many concertos for different instruments, vocal, choral and keyboard music, and a large number of chamber and instrumental works. He received the 1953 Austrian State Prize for Music for his Musik für Viola allein.

He began his performing career playing violin and viola in various Austrian and Swiss orchestras. He then worked as a viola soloist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1953-57).

He was chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft (1956-65), principal conductor of the Salzburger Landestheater (1967-72) and the South West German Chamber Orchestra (1971-82). In 1982 he founded Concilium musicum Wien with his son Christoph Angerer (born 1966), in order to perform seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century works on period instruments.

He made recordings as violinist, viola player, viola d'amore player, recorder player, harpsichordist, and as conductor of various orchestras in Austria, Germany, England and Italy.

He wrote and published three volumes of the series Mozart on Journeys, and had a long-term teaching position at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.

From November 2001 he hosted his own programme, Capriccio, on the Austrian radio station Radio Stephansdom, producing more than 300 shows.

Paul Angerer died on 26 July 2017, aged ninety.

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