Music composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860) was born to a Jewish family in the village of Kaliště in the Czech-Moravian Highlands. From early childhood he showed an extraordinary musical talent. Mahler and his teacher Anton Bruckner have been considered to be the biggest Austrian symphonikers. Although Gustav Mahler was born in the then Austrian Empire, he can also be considered as a Czech composer because he was not only born in Bohemia but his music was to a large degree inspired by Czech folk music. This famous conductor composed ten symphonies. Under his directorship from 1898 to 1907, the Vienna Court Opera thrived. From 1908 he was also director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in 1909 also music director of the New York Philharmonic Society.
The obverse side features the young composer with a staff in the background.
The reverse side of the medal is decorated with three stylized heraldic animals of the Czech Republic, and bears names of three towns where Mahler worked – Prague, Vienna and New York.
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces, numbered at the edge.