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Frederik Prausnitz

  • Director, NEC Orchestra

Born in Germany, Frederik Prausnitz (1920–2004) was sent by his parents to Philadelphia in the 1930s during the rise of Nazism. He studied and taught at Juilliard, then led the NEC orchestra for most of the 1960s, later becoming director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Finally, he taught at Peabody Conservatory from 1976 through his retirement in 1997. With his various orchestras, Prausnitz recorded works by 20th-century American and British composers. During his tenure at NEC, Prausnitz led an NEC Orchestra performance of Stockhausen’s Gruppen at Lincoln Center, and a recording of Busoni’s violin concerto with Paul Zukofsky as soloist.