Ewald Körner

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Ewald Körner (* 20 January 1926 in Bernau, Neudek district, Czechoslovakia[1]; † 11 September 2010 in Bern[2]) was a Czechoslovakian-German-Swiss clarinetist and conductor.


Körner was born in the Sudetenland and studied piano and clarinet at the German Academy of Music in Prague as well as conducting with Joseph Keilberth. After his war service he was clarinettist at the Magdeburg State Theatre from 1946 to 1948. From 1948 to 1950 he studied conducting in Hanover. From 1951 to 1960 he was solo répétiteur and later second Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. In 1956 he founded the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra in Braunschweig. He came to Bern in 1960 as operetta conductor and worked as first Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater from 1963 to 1991. During this time he conducted more than 103 premieres, including the world premiere of The Judge by François Pantillon in 1991. Körner was a permanent guest conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. For many years he also directed the Lausanne International Opera Studio and the conducting course at the Bern Conservatory. His students include Ludwig Wicki, Christian Henking and Kaspar Zehnder.


  • 1984: Honorary doctorate from the University of Bern
  • 1992: Art Award of the Sudeten German Landsmannschaft


  • Ingrid Bigler-Marschall: EwaldKörner. In: Andreas Kotte (ed.): Theaterlexikon der Schweiz. Vol. 2, Chronos, Zurich 2005, ISBN 3-0340-0715-9, p. 1022.

Individual references

  1. Sudetenland. Vol. 34 (1992), p. 145.
  2. Ewald Körner has died. In: Berner Zeitung. Updated 13 September 2010, retrieved 6 January 2013.