Leo Wurmser

Conductor and pianist, born in 1905 in Vienna, died in the 1970s in Britain


Biography

The conductor and pianist Leo Wurmser was born in Vienna in 1905.

Leo studied in Vienna with the composer Franz Schmidt and worked as a repetiteur at the Dresden and Vienna opera houses before emigrating to Britain in 1938.

He had previously worked at the opera house in Covent Garden between 1934 and 1935 and therefore was given a work permit. Wurmser worked as a coach, singing teacher and conductor for various opera companies before the war and as an accompanist and conductor for the BBC from 1938. He also arranged music for the theatre. In 1940 he was interned in Press Heath and on the Isle of Man.

After the end of the Second World War Leo became conductor of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra in Birmingham and also worked for the publishers Kalmus. He conducted several works by his teacher Franz Schmidt in Britain.

Leo remained in Britain right up until his death in the 1970s.


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