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Baumgartner, Rudolf (14th September 1917-22nd March 2002)

He is a violinist and conductor born in Zurich, Switzerland who studied at the Zurich Conservatory and University and took further studies in Paris and Vienna.

After performing for several years as a soloist and a member of chamber ensembles, he and the violinist, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, founded the Lucerne Festival Strings Orchestra in 1956.

He directed the Lucerne Festival until 1980 and was a director of the Lucerne Conservatory from 1960 to 1987.

He passed away in Siena , Italy , in March 2002 when he was 84 years old.

Lucerne Festival Strings recordings
Adagio in G minor (Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni )
Deutsche Grammophon DG 413 248 2 (CD: Adagio)
Conductor – Rudolf Baumgartner

He conducts Pierre Fournier in this performance of Cello Concerto in E Minor by Vivaldi…