VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
German composer and conductor Gerd Joachim Natschinski was born in Chemnitz on 23 August 1928 and grew up in Dresden, where he studied at the Musikhochschule and privately. He studied with Hanns Eisler and worked for the East German state-controlled Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, producing more than forty film and TV scores. He was also chief conductor of the Unterhaltungsorchesters des Berliner Rundfunks.
In 1978 he became artistic director of Berlin's Metropol Theatre, but gave up the position after three years to devote his time to composing.
Gerd Natschinski lived in Berlin until his death on 4 August 2015, aged eighty-six, in a Berlin hospital.