Benda, Hans von

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Benda, Hans von Gender: M
Hans Robert Gustav von Benda
born on 22 November 1888 at 20:45 (= 8:45 PM )
Place Strasbourg, France, 48n35, 7e45
Timezone LMT m7e45 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 01°01' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°42 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 04°22'

Hans von Benda
photo: Unknownwikidata:Q4233718, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


German conductor who was a direct descendant of the eighteenth-century composer Franz Benda.

He operated in the shadow of better-known Teutonic maestri of his generation, notably Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, and Hans Knappertsbusch. After serving as musical director of Berlin Radio from 1926 to 1934, Benda became (1935) artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, during Furtwängler's tenure as chief conductor. He held this post until 1939. Meanwhile, he conducted the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, which he had founded in 1932, and with which he toured Australia, South America and Asia as well as Europe. He was married to Karin Rosander, a Finnish violinist.

Unlike Furtwängler and Knappertsbusch (or Klemperer, who had fled Germany shortly aftert Hitler gained power), Benda joined the National Socialist Party, possibly through fear that the regime would regard his Czech lineage as insufficiently Aryan. That his party card brought a certain amount of foreign obloquy on his head is indicated by the fact that (according to John L. Holmes' Conductors on Record) a pre-war recording Benda conducted of music by Gluck was issued in America without his name on the label. After World War II, Benda gave evidence during Furtwängler's denazification proceedings, avowing that Furtwängler had protected Jews from official persecution. Having worked in Spain from 1948 to 1952, Benda was subsequently employed at Radio Free Berlin (1954-1958).

Benda had a long recording career, lasting from the 1930s until 1968. He died on 13 August 1972 in Berlin.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate n°3333 from the online departmental archives, image 93/306: "Nachmittags um acht dreiviertel Uhr" (at 8:45 after noon). Death data in margin.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party