Nikolaus Harnoncourt

1929 - 2016

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Johann Nikolaus Harnoncourt (6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016) was an Austrian conductor, known for his historically informed performances. He specialized in music of the Baroque period, but later extended his repertoire to include Classical and early Romantic works. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolaus Harnoncourt has received more than 369,444 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Nikolaus Harnoncourt is the 11th most popular conductor (down from 10th in 2019), the 750th most popular biography from Germany (down from 673rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Conductor.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt is a conductor who is most famous for his work with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the founder of the Concentus Musicus Wien, a chamber music group.

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Among conductors, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 11 out of 128Before him are Wilhelm Furtwängler, Zubin Mehta, Sergiu Celibidache, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, and Lorin Maazel. After him are Karl Böhm, Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Otto Klemperer, Georg Solti, and Herbert Blomstedt.

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Among people born in 1929, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 55Before him are Zoltán Czibor, Christa Wolf, Yevgeny Primakov, Gudrun Burwitz, Karolos Papoulias, and Günter Schabowski. After him are Murray Gell-Mann, Ralf Dahrendorf, James Last, Lennart Johansson, John Cassavetes, and Osamu Yamaji. Among people deceased in 2016, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 43Before him are Harper Lee, George Kennedy, Vera Rubin, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Věra Čáslavská, and James Cronin. After him are Ray Tomlinson, Esma Redžepova, René Angélil, George Martin, Michael Cimino, and Michel Galabru.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 750 out of 7,253Before him are Günter Schabowski (1929), Erich Priebke (1913), Maria Barbara Bach (1684), Johann Martin Schleyer (1831), Arthur Nebe (1894), and Christopher Clavius (1538). After him are Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg (1371), Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551), Wilhelm Hauff (1802), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), Simon Marius (1573), and Marie d'Agoult (1805).

Among CONDUCTORS In Germany

Among conductors born in Germany, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 2Before him are Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886). After him are Bruno Walter (1876), Hans Knappertsbusch (1888), Eugen Jochum (1902), Franz Danzi (1763), Günter Wand (1912), Karl Muck (1859), Joseph Keilberth (1908), Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (1900), Michael Gielen (1927), and Ferdinand Leitner (1912).