Remembering Georg Tintner

Georg Tintner - AETT Publicity Photo

Georg Tintner - AETT Publicity Photo


This week on "And the Winner Is..." we present a radio documentary tribute to the highly respected conductor Georg Tintner. You'll hear clips of Tintner himself and of his music. As well as commentary from people around the world who appreciated the man and his music.


As a boy in pre-war Austria, Georg Tintner played the piano, sang with the Vienna Boys Choir, and composed his own music. By the time World War Two broke out, he was also a conductor. But Georg Tintner was a conductor with Jewish roots. And so, after the Anschluss in 1938, he was fired.


By 1942, Mr. Tintner made his way to New Zealand, and for the better part of the next forty-five years of his life, he served as a conductor across New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. But in 1987, he moved to Halifax, where he would leave his mark as the conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia.  Tintner is also known for his stunning interpretations of Bruckner's Symphonies recorded in the 1990s.  He died in Halifax on October 2, 1999.


tintner.jpgA biography on Tintner's extraordinary life was written in 2011 by his third wife Tanya Tintner. It's called 'Out of Time, the Vexed Life of Georg Tintner'  published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


The radio documentary 'Remembering Georg Tintner' was produced by Donna Cressman-Dubois. It first aired in 1999 on the former CBC Radio Two program In Performance, hosted by Eric Friesen. It was Finalist at the New York Festivals in 2000.



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