Karel Ancerl was a Czech conductor, known for his performances of contemporary music and for his interpretations of music by Czech composers. His recordings with the Czech Philharmonic acquired many international awards. Ancerl studied under Hermann Scherchen and later worked with Vaclav Talich, among others. From 1933 to 1939 he conducted for the Prague radio, but his career as a conductor was interrupted by World War II. After the war he continued to conduct for the Prague radio until 1950, and then rose to fame when appointed the artistic director of the Czech Philharmonic. The eighteen year period he headed the orchestra are often regarded as its most accomplished years, with much international recognition. In 1968, after the Soviet-ledRead more invasion of Czechoslovakia, he decided to emigrate to Toronto. There he conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until his death in 1973. Read less
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