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Kurt Sanderling (born September 19, 1912) is a German conductor.


Born in Arys, East Prussia, Sanderling, after early work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, left for Russia in 1936, where he worked with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1942 to 1960 he was joint principal conductor with Evgeny Mravinsky of the Leningrad Philharmonic. He then returned to Germany where he led the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle. He made his British debut in 1970. He later became particularly associated with the Philharmonia starting in January 1980, with a series of performances of the complete Beethoven symphonies at Wembley. The Philharmonia later appointed Sanderling their Conductor Emeritus. He is also Emeritus Conductor of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra.[1]

He announced his retirement from conducting in 2002.

His recordings include sets of the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Philharmonia, and the piano concertos with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Nos. 3,4 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Nos. 1,2,5 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Kurt Sanderling has been married twice. His son, by his first wife, is the conductor Thomas Sanderling. His marriage to his first wife ended in divorce after his return to East Germany in 1960. His second wife is the former Barbara Wagner, a double bassist in the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Together, they have had two sons, the conductor Stefan Sanderling and the cellist Michael Sanderling.


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Preceded by
Hermann Hildebrandt
Principal Conductor, Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Succeeded by
Günther Herbig



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