Life with the Berlin Philharmonic
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Herbert von Karajan - 15 facts about the great conductor
11. Life with the Berlin Philharmonic
In 1955 he was appointed music director for life of the Berlin Philharmonic as successor to Furtwängler. From 1957 to 1964 he was artistic director of the Vienna State Opera. Von Karajan was closely involved with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival, where he initiated the Easter Festival, which would remain tied to the Berlin Philharmonic's Music Director after his tenure.