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Rudolf Kempe
Born in Niederpoyritz, Saxony, he began conducting at the Leipzig Opera in 1935. Between 1949 and 1952, he was General Music Director in Dresden and and at the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich from 1952 -1954. He was a frequent guest at Covent Garden and, at Beecham's request, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1960. In 1970 he was given the title 'Conductor for Life' by the RPO but resigned due to personal reasons in July 1975 and died shortly afterwards, in May 1976.