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Georg Ludwig Jochum (Conductor)

Born: December 10, 1909 - Babenhausen, near Augsburg, Bavaria, German
Died: November 1, 1970 - Mülheim an der Ruhr, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The German conductor, Georg Ludwig Jochum [Georg-Ludwig Jochum] was the son of a Catholic teacher, organist, choirmaster and conductor of orchestral and theater club, and the younger brother of the composer Otto Jochum and the better-known conductor Eugen Jochum. Georg Ludwig studied at the Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium in Augsburg and in Munich at the Staatlichen Akademie der Tonkunst with Joseph Pembaur, Siegmund von Hausegger and Joseph Haas.

After his studies, already in 1932, Georg Ludwig Jochum was appointed at the age of 23 General Music Director of the city of Münster where he performed at the Städtischen-Lortzing-Theater and directed the Sinfonieorchester Münster. This made him the youngest orchestral chief in Germany. In 1934, he becam assistant conductor in Frankfurt a.M, where he conducted the opera and the museum concerts. In 1937 he became Municipal Music Director of Plauen and Music Director of the Stadttheaters Plauen. On May 1, 1937, he became at his request a member of the NSDAP, but removed again in January 1941 for failure to post payments

From 1940 to 1945, Georg Ludwig Jochum was General Music Director in Linz and opera conductor at the Stadttheater. He headed the Städtischen Symphonieorchester, which he reshaped in 1943 in Hitler's order to "Reichs-Bruckner-Orchester" of the Großdeutschen Rundfunks and with whom he made his debut in April 1944 with a concert on Hitler's birthday. With this orchestra he created then the Bruckner-Feste in St. Florian.

After World War II, in the short term "black lists" of the occupying powers, Georg Ludwig Jochum was in 1946 General Music Director for lifetime of the Duisburger Sinfoniker, with whom he performed and formed a brilliant and high-profile ensemble in the Mercatorhalle until his retirement in 1968. At Theater Duisburg, he performed with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and was until 1958 Director of the Duisburg Conservatory.

In 1948-1950 Georg Ludwig Jochum also conducted the Bamberger Symphoniker; and in the early 1950s he conducted the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; guest appearances have taken him throughout Europe, Japan and South America. Like his brother, Eugen Jochum, he is especially associated with the music of Anton Bruckner.

Source: German Wikipedia Website (March 2013), English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2013)
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Aryeh Oron (June 2013)

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Georg Ludwig Jochum


Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 BWV 1052 [w/ pianist Glenn Gould]

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Georg Ludwig Jochum (Wikipedia) [English]
Georg Ludwig Jochum (Wikipedia) [German]

Georg Ludwig Jochum Discography (FC2Web)

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