Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Authentic autograph on a Teldec colour photo postcard.
Size: 4.1 x 5.9 inches. Fine condition.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Harnoncourt was born in Berlin, was brought up in Graz and studied music in Vienna. His mother Ladislaja Gräfin von Meran, Freiin von Brandhoven, was the granddaughter of the styrian Archduke Johann. His father Eberhard de la Fontaine Graf d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt studied Engineering, to work in Berlin.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt founded Concentus Musicus Wien with his wife, Alice Hoffelner, in 1953 while playing cello with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. That group was dedicated to authentic performances on period instruments, and by the 1970s his work with it had made him quite well known.
He subsequently performed with many other orchestras using modern instruments, but still with an eye on historical authenticity in terms of tempi, dynamics and so on. He also expanded his repertoire somewhat, continuing to play the baroque works which had made him famous, but also championing the Viennese operetta repertoire. In recent years, he has made a benchmark recording of the Beethoven symphonies, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
In the recent years ( 2001 and 2003 ) he conducted the New Year's Concert in Vienna which is broadcasted all over the word.
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