Oskar Danon

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Oskar Danon (February 7, 1913December 18, 2009), Politika, Retrieved on December 18, 2009 was a Bosnian Jewish composer and conductor.

Early life and education

Oskar Danon was born in 1913 in Sarajevo, then in the Austria-Hungarian Empire but now in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied music in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he obtained his Ph.D. in musicology.

Performance career

He worked as a conductor in Sarajevo, and after the World War II became conductor and director of the Belgrade Opera (1944–1965) and the chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (1970–1974). He was also a conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. With these orchestras he performed both in Yugoslavia and abroad (Paris, Wiesbaden, Florence, etc.).

Teaching career

Oskar Danon was professor at the Belgrade Music Academy.

Awards and honors

Danon was awarded the October Award of the City of Belgrade for his conducting activity, as well as the AVNOJ Award (1970).


Danon was a member and former president of the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia.


He died in Belgrade, Serbia on 18 December 2009, aged 96.


See also


  • Holmes, John L. Conductors on Record, Victor Gollancz, London 1982.
  • Kolar, Vladimir. Oskar Danon. Tonovi jednog vremena, Savez kompozitorajugoslavije, Beograd 1973.
  • Krleza, Miroslav. Leksikon...... ...
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