American conductor and composer Paul Freeman was born in Richmond, Virginia on 2 January 1936 and studied at the Eastman School of Music, then (on a Fulbright Scholarship) with Ewald Lindemann at Berlin's Hochshule für Musik. He later studied conducting with Pierre Monteux at the American Symphony Orchestra.
He began conducting as music director of the Opera Theatre of Rochester whilst at Eastman, then was associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1968-1970) and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1970-79), then principal guest at the Helsinki Philharmonic, and music director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada (1979-89).
He founded the Chicago Sinfonietta in 1987 and remained music director until retiring in 2011. From 1996, he was music director and chief conductor of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Freeman died in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on 21 July 2015, aged seventy-nine.
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