Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt Announces Retirement - Aged 86

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German-born Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt has today formally announced his retirement from the concert stage - aged 86.

Maestro Harnoncourt, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier, was a founding member of the Concentus Musicus Wien.

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading international orchestras and concert halls - including conducting the 2001 and 2003 Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert.

“My bodily strength requires me to cancel my future plans” Maestro Harnoncourt has sadly said.