Decker guest-conducted the MSO in 1966 and succeeded Zubin Mehta as conductor and artistic director in 1967, retaining that position until 1975. The MSO made notable progress under his energetic and disciplined leadership and appeared under his direction at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. Decker has directed the premieres of several Canadian works, notably Pépin's Quasars, Symphony No. 3 in 1967, Schafer's Son of Heldenleben and Garant's Phrases II in 1968, Saint-Marcoux's Hétéromorphie in 1970, Jacques Hétu's Passacaille in 1971, and Pépin's Prismes et cristaux in 1974. At the Opéra du Québec Decker directed Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi) in 1971, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci in 1973, and Falstaff in 1974. He served 1975-7 as artistic adviser to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and 1980-2 as artistic adviser to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared with numerous major European orchestras and has toured South America in 1960, 1961, 1963, 1974, and 1975, Australia in 1967, 1975, and 1978, and New Zealand in 1966 and 1976. In 1975 he was praised in Dallas, Texas, for his conducting of Tristan und Isolde with Jon Vickers; and in 1978 after he led the same company in performances of The Flying Dutchman, John Ardoin wrote, 'His direction of Dutchman reaffirmed the luminous qualities of drama, style, and commitment he brought to Tristan, into which he had breathed life' (Dallas Morning News, 3 Dec 1978). Appointed principal guest conductor of the New Zealand SO in 1982 and artistic director of the Barcelona Orchestra in 1986, Decker has continued to appear with Canadian orchestras such as the OJQ, the TS and the MSO.
Author Micheline Tessier
Beethoven Symphony No. 3. Rotterdam Phil. 1966. DG 135050
Brahms Concerto No. 1. Munich Philharmonic O, Gelber piano. 1976. EMI (HMV) HQS-1068/Connoisseur Society CS-2102
Mozart Concerto No. 22 K482 - Haydn Concerto, Opus 21. Berlin Radio SO, Demus piano. 1960. DG 138049
See also Discographies for Cons de musique du Québec O, MSO, and NACO.
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