b. Vienna, April 14, 1939, conductor. Studied piano and violoncello, then studied conducting under H. Swarowsky. First worked at the Vienna Volksoper and at the Salzburg Landestheater, from 1969 musical director of the opera in Lyons, 1975-1983 Director General of Music in Linz, 1983-1997 head conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, since 1997 chief music director of the State Philharmonic of Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen. Conducts at all the major opera houses in Europe and at international festivals (Salzburg, Linz, Verona, Montreux, Aix-en-Provence etc.). Regular guest performances at the Vienna State Opera and the Hamburg State Opera.