Nikolaus Harnoncourt embodied the summit of a culture and a spirit.

Talented cellist and gambist, this prestigious Austrian conductor considered classical music to be fundamentally alive
A creator of genius with rebellious accents, he gave a breath of renewal in the interpretation and listening of European baroque music, giving concerts on ancient instruments with the Concentus Musicus Wien.

Many of his recordings date back in the history of music, including the complete Bach cantatas he recorded with harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and the operas of Monteverdi.

He was actively involved in the democratization of his art with the creation of the Styriarte festival in Graz.

The minister sends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.