Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
NEW: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
German conductor Bernhard Kontarsky was born in Iserlohn on 26 April 1937. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and began his conducting career as Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
Since 1981 he has been professor of orchestral conducting at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.