At the Leipzig Gewandhaus
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Mendelssohn: 15 facts about the great composer
11. At the Leipzig Gewandhaus
As well as composing, Mendelssohn was a highly proficient conductor, being given the plum job of music director at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1835, when he was just 26. His concert programmes included many of his own works as well as pieces by his contemporaries. He was deluged by offers of music from rising composers including Richard Wagner.