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Gerhart Wiesenhütter

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Gerhart Wilhelm Robert Wiesenhütter (12 August 1912 – 15 September 1978) was a German conductor and organist.


Born in Dresden the son of the merchant Robert Wiesenhütter and his wife Margarete, née Koch, he played the organ as a substitute at church services while still at school. He was also a member of the church choir of the St. John's Church, Dresden. From 1928 to 1934, he studied organ and conducting with Alfred Kutschbach at the State Orchestra School of the Staatskapelle Dresden.[citation needed]

In 1934, Wiesenhütter became Stadtkapellmeister in Glauchau, in 1941 First Kapellmeister at the Saarländisches Staatstheater and in 1942 First Kapellmeister of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. In 1943, he joined the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe until 1944, when he was conscripted into service as an office boy in Niederau. After the war, he became deputy mayor in Weinböhla until he went to Dresden as early as 1 June 1945 and became conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. In November 1945, he was awarded the title of general music director.[citation needed]

With the resumption of broadcasting after the war on 1 June 1946, Wiesenhütter became musical director of the Leipzig station, which from 1 August 1946 also included the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. Wiesenhütter quickly rebuilt a first-class, musically versatile orchestra. Within a very short time, the orchestra reached the level of an A-class orchestra. As early as autumn 1948, Wiesenhütter was subjected to massive hostility within the radio. He was accused of "anti-Party and anti-Soviet behaviour", as well as of conniving and preparing his escape to the West. Personal resentment and intrigue on the part of an orchestra member whose poor performance Wiesenhütter complained about may have been the motive. Wiesenhütter stayed away from the party meeting that decided on his person on 27 September 1948 because of an obligation with the RIAS-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin. The SED-Betriebsparteigruppe des Mitteldeutschen Rundfunks took the unanimous decision to expel Gerhart Wiesenhütter from the SED in absentia. As a result, he was dismissed as general music director without notice.

This was followed in 1948/49 by a position as general music director at the Halle Opera House and from 1955 to 1957 as musical director at the Rostock People's Theatre and Metropol Theatre in Berlin. From 1958 Wiesenhütter then worked at the Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, until the end of 1958 as guest conductor and until 1970 as artistic director. During this time, he acted as conductor of the Egyptian Symphony Orchestra in Cairo during the 1967/68 season. From 1970 to 1975 Wiesenhütter was principal conductor of the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach. After that he was a freelance conductor.

Wiesenhütter was married twice and had a son and a daughter from his first marriage and a daughter from his second marriage.

He died in Sondershausen at the age of 66.


  • 1967: Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic


Further reading[edit]

  • Wiesenhütter, Gerhart. In John L. Holmes: Conductors on Record. Greenwood Press, Westport 1982, ISBN 0-575-02781-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., p. 717.
  • Jörg Clemen; Steffen Lieberwirth: Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. Die Geschichte des Sinfonieorchesters. Verlag Klaus-Jürgen Kamprad, Altenburg 1999, ISBN 3-930550-09-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., pp. 98–106.
  • Helmut Köhler: Persönlichkeiten in Sondershausen. Gerhart Wiesenhütter. Gerhart W., Sondershausen 2004.

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