GRAMMY-nominated Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos died June 11 following a battle with cancer. He was 80. Widely regarded for his lifelong association with the Spanish National Orchestra, for whom he served as emeritus conductor until his death, Frühbeck de Burgos had recently retired from his post as chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Following his U.S. debut in 1969 leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, Frühbeck de Burgos served as guest conductor with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, Cincinnati and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, among others. He later served as principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the latter under the musical direction of GRAMMY winner Mstislav Rostropovich. Overseas, he regularly appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Berlin, Munich and Hamburg Philharmonics, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, among others.
Frühbeck de Burgos earned a 1966 GRAMMY nomination for Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera) for the New Philharmonia Chorus' recording of Orff: Carmina Burana. He earned a subsequent nomination for 1975 for Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra) for the London Philharmonic's Ravel: Concerto For Left Hand And Concerto For Piano In G/Faure: Fantaisie For Piano And Orchestra.