Eduard van Beinum
1.1 Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Van Beinum was born in Arnhem, Netherlands, where he received his
first violin and piano lessons at an early age. He joined the Arnhem
Orchestra as a violinist in 1918. His grandfather was conductor of a
military band. His father played the double bass in the local symphony
orchestra, the Arnhemse Orkest (later Het Gelders Orkest). His brother
Co van Beinum was a violinist, and the two brothers performed as a
violin-piano duo in concerts. As a student at the Amsterdam
Conservatoire, he gained conducting experience with several concerts
by amateur ensembles in Schiedam and Zutphen. He also conducted
concerts by the choir of the church of St. Nicholas in Amsterdam.
Van Beinum was the conductor of the Haarlem Orchestral Society from
1927 to 1931. He first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Amsterdam, in 1929. He became second conductor of the orchestra in
1931, under the supervision of Willem Mengelberg. In 1938 he was named
co-principal conductor, alongside Mengelberg. After World War II,
Mengelberg was dismissed as principal conductor because of controversy
over his (still-disputed) behavior and attitude towards the Nazi
occupiers in the Netherlands. According to Kees Wisse, van Beinum
"detested the Nazis and kept himself as aloof as he could." Van
Beinum did receive a reprimand after the post-war de-Nazification
activities, but this was not so severe as to keep him from his post
with the Concertgebouw. Van Beinum remained as sole principal
conductor of the orchestra after the war.
In 1947 he took over the leadership of the London Philharmonic
Orchestra (LPO), but left after two successful seasons. According to
Michael Kennedy in his biography of Sir Adrian Boult, van Beinum was
"not well", which led the LPO to seek Boult as a successor to him.
In general, van Beinum suffered from health problems, including a
heart condition, which left him unable to conduct for much of the
1950–1951 season of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Van Beinum made his US guest-conducting debut in 1954, with the
Philadelphia Orchestra. He took the
^ Wisse, Kees (translated Lodewijk Odé, Ko Kooman and Chris Gordon),
Liner notes to Q-Disc Issue "Eduard Van Beinum: The Radio Recordings",
^ Kennedy, Michael (1987). Adrian Boult. London: Hamish Hamilton.
^ "Dutchman's Debut". Time. 18 January 1954. Retrieved
^ "Dutch Treat". Time. 25 October 1954. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
^ Obituary for
Eduard van Beinum
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