The violinist and conductor Walter Weller has died at the age of 75. He joined the Vienna Philharmonic at the age of 17 and when 22 he was appointed joint-concertmaster alongside Willi Boskovsky. During this time Weller formed a string quartet with fellow Philharmonic musicians and it recorded diverse repertoire for Decca.
Weller’s conducting career began in 1966 when, in quick succession, he replaced two elder masters in Vienna Philharmonic concerts, first Karl Böhm and then Josef Krips.
As a conductor, Weller initially recorded for Decca, including Prokofiev and Rachmaninov Symphony cycles, Dukas’s Symphony in C, and Shostakovich 1 & 9 (with the LSO, London Philharmonic and Suisse Romande Orchestra). For Chandos, he set-down Beethoven’s complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos (the latter with John Lill), CBSO, and also Mendelssohn’s five Symphonies, Philharmonia Orchestra. Martinů’s Fourth Symphony was a favourite, he recorded it twice, and Weller held positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish National Orchestra, and positions in Basel, Belgium, Stuttgart and Trondheim.
Walter Weller was born in Vienna on 30 November 1939 and died on 14 June 2015.