Nikolaus Harnoncourt

1929 - 2016

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Johann Nikolaus Harnoncourt or historically Johann Nikolaus Graf de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt; (6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016) was an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier. Starting out as a classical cellist, he founded his own period instrument ensemble, Concentus Musicus Wien, in the 1950s, and became a pioneer of the Early Music movement. Around 1970, Harnoncourt started to conduct opera and concert performances, soon leading renowned international symphony orchestras, and appearing at leading concert halls, operatic venues and festivals. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolaus Harnoncourt has received more than 304,600 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Nikolaus Harnoncourt is the 8th most popular conductor (up from 9th in 2019), the 683rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 669th 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 8 out of 97Before him are Claudio Abbado, Arturo Toscanini, Daniel Barenboim, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Sergiu Celibidache, and Zubin Mehta. After him are Lorin Maazel, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, and Otto Klemperer.

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Among people born in 1929, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 53Before him are Ralf Dahrendorf, Günter Schabowski, Hebe Camargo, Lennart Meri, Eric Kandel, and Christa Wolf. After him are Peter L. Berger, Petr Shelokhonov, Pierre Brice, Milorad Pavić, Karolos Papoulias, and Richard E. Taylor. Among people deceased in 2016, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 42Before him are Hilary Putnam, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, George Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. After him are Walter Scheel, George Gaynes, Michael Cimino, Ray Tomlinson, Ettore Scola, and James Cronin.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Nikolaus Harnoncourt ranks 683 out of 5,289Before him are Lucian Freud (1922), Georg Jellinek (1851), Ingeborg of Denmark, Queen of France (1174), Jakob Fugger (1459), Franz Joseph Gall (1758), and Elsa Einstein (1876). After him are Magda Schneider (1909), Achim von Arnim (1781), Karl Carstens (1914), Hans von Aachen (1552), Franz Ziereis (1905), and Werner von Haeften (1908).

Among CONDUCTORS In Germany

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