Polish town remembers famous conductor Kurt Masur
PR dla Zagranicy
The south-western Polish town of Brzeg is remembering famous German conductor Kurt Masur, who died in Greenwich, in the United States, on Saturday at the age of 88.
Kurt Masur. Photo: EPA/STEFAN SAUER
Masur was born in the Silesian town of Brieg, which was German at the time, and later became the Polish town of Brzeg.
Masur’s fascination with music began in the city’s St Nicolas Church, which boasts an excellent Baroque organ. At the age of 15, Masur began his musical studies in what was then Breslau, now the Polish town of Wrocław.
In 1996, Masur was named an honorary citizen of Brzeg. A frequent visitor to the town, he offered financial assistance to the local music school, including the gift of a grand piano.
Masur’s long career included an 11-year stint as music director of the New York Philharmonic. (mk/pk)