Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75

Conductor Walter Weller dies aged 75
Walter Weller. Photo: SNS Group
Acclaimed Austrian conductor and former violin child prodigy Walter Weller has died aged 75, the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic said on Wednesday.

Weller was able to read music before books as a child and at 18 was already a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. He made his conducting debut in 1966, stepping in for maestro Karl Böhm who was ill.

His career included stints at the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Spanish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

He was so popular at the Scottish National Orchestra that his face adorned a special edition of Scottish £50 notes. He also worked in Basel, Switzerland and was honorary conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic in Germany.

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