Fred Witt (1922-) was born in Dortmund, and studied singing, composition, guitar, zither, accordion, and conducting at Dortmund Conservatorium.
He has composed and arranged much music for plucked string orchestra, and has conducted many choirs and orchestras in Europe. He came to Melbourne in 1990, and was the conductor of the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra for six years.
Compositions by Fred Witt appear on
A fine disc of easy listening from the prize-winning Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra featuring soloist Slava Grigoryan.
It was in 1999 when Concordia director Basil Hawkins first came across The waltz of forgotten dreams by Hadjidakis. He was struck by its atmospheric and evocative nature and in keeping with this nostalgic ambience, the selection on this disc includes such pieces as Eileen Pakenham's Reverie and Fred Witt's Memories of Bendigo.
Fred Witt also appears on
Marvellous music by the well-known Australian composer George Dreyfus, one of Australia's most animated musical personalities.