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Franz-Paul Decker (1923 - 2014)


After studying conducting, composition and pedagogy at the Cologne Conservatory with Philip Jarnach and Ernst Papst, Franz-Paul Decker was engaged as assistant conductor at the Giessen Municipal Theatre. Having worked there from 1944 to 1946, he then spent four years as chief conductor at Krefeld until 1950, when he was appointed as chief conductor of the Wiesbaden Opera. He succeeded Carl Schuricht as conductor of the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra in 1953 and held the position of chief conductor at Bochum between 1956 and 1964; during this period he conducted the opening concert of the Brussels Exposition in 1958. In 1962 Decker was appointed chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he held for six years. This was followed by a similar position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1967–1975), after which he served as artistic adviser and principal guest conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (1975–1977).

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