Born in Siegen in 1890, Fritz Busch was one of the most prominent conductors in the first half of the 20th century.
His prolific career led him to Dresden, where he worked as a general music director until 1933.
Although the regime made advances towards him, he decided to turn his back on Nazi Germany after the “seizure of power”, choosing instead to go into exile.
After World War II, Fritz Busch founded Glyndebourne Opera Festival.
Not until 1951 did he enter Germany again. In the same year, he died in London at the age of 61.
The violin virtuoso Adolf Busch, a year younger than his brother Fritz, was regarded as the talent of the century. Concert tours led him and the Busch Quartet, founded by him, around the world. Even more resolutely than his brother, Adolf Busch spoke out against the Hitler regime. From 1933 to 1949 he gave no more concerts in Germany. Initially living in Switzerland, Adolf Busch later emigrated to the United States, where he died in 1952.
A memorial to the Busch brothers has been set up in the city archives of Siegen.