Prausnitz, Frederik [Frederick] (William)
- Michael Steinberg
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(b Cologne, Germany, Aug 26, 1920; d Lewes, DE, Nov 12, 2004). Conductor of German birth. After immigration to the United States as a youth, he was trained at the Juilliard School, where he stayed on as a member of the conducting staff and faculty. He conducted the New England Conservatory SO (1961–9), was a staff conductor briefly at the BBC, and then was music director of the Syracuse (New York) SO (1971–4). The education of young professionals was one of his particular interests, and he joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as music director of its symphony orchestra and opera in 1976; he became music director emeritus in 1980, continuing as director of the conducting studies program and the Contemporary Music Ensemble until 1998. He has been a visiting lecturer or consultant at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and Sussex University (England)....