Born in Berlin on 3 July 1930, conductor Carlos Luis Bonifacio Kleiber grew up in Argentina. He was the son of the Austrian-Argentinean conductor Erich Kleiber. Carlos began his conducting career in 1952 at the La Planta Theatre and was first introduced to European audiences with a 1953 appearance at Munich's Gärtnerplatz Theatre. He conducted some of the world's finest orchestras, and was considered to be one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors.
Carlos Kleiber, who lived near Munich, died on 13 July 2004, aged seventy-four, following a long illness. He was buried in Slovenia, his mother's native country.