Kurt Masur

1927 - 2015

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Kurt Masur (18 July 1927 – 19 December 2015) was a German conductor. Called "one of the last old-style maestros", he directed many of the principal orchestras of his era. He had a long career as the Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and also served as music director of the New York Philharmonic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Masur has received more than 537,133 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Kurt Masur is the 18th most popular conductor (down from 13th in 2019), the 249th most popular biography from Poland (down from 219th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Polish Conductor.

Kurt Masur is most famous for his work as the conductor of the New York Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

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Among conductors, Kurt Masur ranks 18 out of 97Before him are Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, Otto Klemperer, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Kubelík, and Herbert Blomstedt. After him are John Philip Sousa, Erich Kleiber, Carlo Maria Giulini, Felix Weingartner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Leopold Stokowski.

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Among people born in 1927, Kurt Masur ranks 75Before him are F. Sherwood Rowland, Herbert Blomstedt, Lucio Fulci, Carlo Maria Martini, Abdul Halim of Kedah, and Jupp Derwall. After him are Bob Fosse, Lee Konitz, John Vane, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, and Robert Shaw. Among people deceased in 2015, Kurt Masur ranks 69Before him are Setsuko Hara, Robert Loggia, Richard F. Heck, Ruth Rendell, Mathieu Kérékou, and Udo Lattek. After him are Rod Taylor, Georges Wolinski, Zhelyu Zhelev, Gabriele Ferzetti, Yaşar Kemal, and Boris Nemtsov.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Kurt Masur ranks 249 out of 1,231Before him are Udo Lattek (1935), Jan Kochanowski (1530), Mykhailo Hrushevsky (1866), Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845), Piast the Wheelwright (800), and Zbigniew Boniek (1956). After him are Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski (1895), Bronisław Komorowski (1952), Miguel Najdorf (1910), Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822), and Bolesław II the Generous (1041).

Among CONDUCTORS In Poland

Among conductors born in Poland, Kurt Masur ranks 2Before him are Otto Klemperer (1885). After him are Kurt Sanderling (1912), Marek Janowski (1939), and Paul Kletzki (1900).