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Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dies at 87

Acclaimed Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has died. He guest-conducted for many major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony.

Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory announced the death of conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky on Saturday. It did not give specific details on the place or cause.

Rozhdestvensky's distinguished career spanned six decades and took him around the world, directing orchestras in Chicago, Cleveland, London, Stockholm, Vienna and Moscow.

He was chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s, music director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1980s and music director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in both the 1970s and 1990s.

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Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and Petrovskiy Fountain (Imago/Westend61)

Rozhdestvensky made his Bolshoi Theater debut in 1951

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, he graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 1954, according to the Bolshoi Theater, and completed his postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire three years later.

He made his Bolshoi Theater debut in 1951, conducting Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, progressing through the positions of Bolshoi conductor, chief conductor and general artistic director.

Since 2012, Rozhdestvensky had been the music director and chief conductor of the Moscow State Academic Chamber Theater.

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