Music anniversaries to be commemorated on February 20: births, premieres...

Thousands of anniversaries. In 2020, classical music and opera offer many opportunities for music lovers to commemorate composers, conductors, performers and operatic artists, to celebrate the first performances of essential works or the opening of emblematic concert halls. From January to December, there are 365 opportunities to revisit a repertoire, a recording or simply to explore 10 centuries of classical music. Something to satisfy all the inquiring minds.

February 20: Essential anniversaries

Throughout 10 centuries of history, there are thousands of anniversaries. For February 20, there are no less than 103 dates to remember: births, deaths, premieres, inaugurations... Among them: Wilhelm Eichberger (190th anniversary, Birth), Karl Mantzius (160th anniversary, Birth), Friederike Sailer (100th anniversary, Birth), Christoph Eschenbach (80th anniversary, Birth), Albert Louis Wolff (50th anniversary, Death)... to name only some of the artists, composers or performers, known or less known throughout the world.

All important anniversaries to commemorate a February 20

 

February 20

2016

2002

1996

Toru <strong>Takemitsu</strong> Toru Takemitsu, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory

Death (age 65)

1992

Pierre Dervaux, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, French operatic conductor, composer, and pedagogue

Death (age 75)

1976

Johanna Beisteiner, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Austrian classical guitarist

Birth (44th anniversary)

1975

1972

1971

Alexander Tsfasman, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Soviet Jazz composer, pianist, and conductor

Death (age 64)

1970

Albert Louis <strong>Wolff</strong> Albert Louis Wolff, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, French conductor and composer

Death (age 86)

50th anniversary    (2020)

Marta Krásová, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Czech actress and opera singer

Death (age 68)

50th anniversary    (2020)

1969

Ernest <strong>Ansermet</strong> Ernest Ansermet, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Swiss conductor (1883–1969)

Death (age 85)

Jacek Janiszewski, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, singer, opera singer

Birth (51th anniversary)

1962

1961

Percy <strong>Grainger</strong> Percy Grainger, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Australian composer, arranger and pianist

Death (age 78)

1957

Hermann Gallos, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Austrian singer and opera singer

Death (age 71)

1955

1954

Nancy McIntosh, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, American singer and actress (1866-1954)

Death (age 88)

1953

Gianni Bucceri, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Italian composer and conductor

Death (age 81)

1951

Anthony <strong>Davis</strong> Anthony Davis, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, American pianist and composer

Birth (69th anniversary)

1948

1946

1944

Riki Turofsky, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Canadian opera singer

Birth (76th anniversary)

1939

Adele Haas, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Austrian singer and opera singer

Birth (81th anniversary)

1936

1926

Carol Smith, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, American contralto who made an international career in opera and concert, and was an academic teacher in Zurich and at the Indiana University Bloomington

Birth (94th anniversary)

1925

Marco Enrico <strong>Bossi</strong> Marco Enrico Bossi, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Italian organist, composer, improviser and pedagogue.

Death (age 63)

1922

1921

Migran Erkat, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Soviet singer and opera singer (1921-1986)

Birth

Ruth Gipps, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, English composer, oboist, pianist and impresario

Birth

1920

Friederike Sailer, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, German singer and opera singer

Birth

100th anniversary    (2020)

1908

Salvatore Marchesi, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Italian musician, translator, singer and opera singer

Death (age 86)

Ruby Elzy, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, American opera singer (1908-1943)

Birth

1903

Karel Janeček, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Czech music educator, composer, and musicologist

Birth

1901

1896

Ivan Patorzhynsky, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Soviet singer and opera singer (1896-1960)

Birth

1892

Róza Csillag, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Austrian-Hungarian operatic mezzosoprano

Death (age 59)

1880

1878

Emmy <strong>Destinn</strong> Emmy Destinn, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Czech operatic soprano with a strong and soaring lyric-playwright voice

Birth

1869

Pere Valls i Duran, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Spanish businessperson and composer (1869-1935)

Birth

1865

1846

1771

Jan August Vitásek, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, Czech music educator, composer, pianist and organist

Birth

1745

1705

Nicolas Chédeville, Anniversaries (February 20), Classical music history, French composer, musette player and musette maker

Birth

1653

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