Obituary: Louisiana Philharmonic’s first music director Klauspeter Seibel, 74

Posted on: January 11, 2011

In Tuesday’s (1/11) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), John Pope writes, “Klauspeter Seibel, who served from 1995 through 2004 as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s first music director, died Saturday of multiple myeloma in Hamburg, Germany. He was 74. In white tie and tails with his white beard, the tall, German-born Mr. Seibel was an imposing figure on the podium when he faced a stageful of musicians. But friends and colleagues on Monday remembered someone who was more than a versatile musician who not only conducted but also played the piano, flute and French horn. … After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Seibel opened his home to orchestra personnel who needed places to stay, said Babs Mollere, its managing director, who was one of those who stayed there. … A native of Offenbach, Germany, Mr. Seibel studied at conservatories in Nuremberg and Munich. For almost 20 years, he was a professor of conducting at the Hamburg Conservatory of Music, and he was a co-founder of the Dirigentenforum, a national program for young conductors. Mr. Seibel worked with several youth orchestras, including the German Youth Orchestra. In the United States, he taught at the Juilliard School, the Texas Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution and Indiana University.”

Posted January 11, 2011