Willi Boskovsky – tomb of honour
1110 Vienna, Zentralfriedhof
Concert master and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
born June 16th,1909, died April 4th, 1991.
As a conductor who also played the violin he enjoyed international popularity. Educated at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts, he became concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1939. He directed several other ensembles and succeeded Clemens Krauss as conductor of the Silvester and New Year’s concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 25 times he conducted those concerts (1955-1979) which - since 1959 - have also been televised, thus providing unique popularity for the orchestra. As keeper of the tradition he only played the classical Viennese waltz. Boskovsky was a singular phenomenon that could not be copied by any other concert master. He was laid to rest in a grave of honour at Zentralfriedhof.