Dimitri Mitropoulos

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Mitropoulos, Dimitri


Born Mar. 1, 1896, in Athens; died Nov. 2, 1960, in Milan. Greek conductor, pianist, and composer.

Mitropoulos studied at the Athens Conservatory, where he subsequently became a professor of composition in 1930. In 1937 he emigrated to the USA. He became a conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1949 and was its principal conductor from 1950 to 1958. He was the principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera from 1954 to 1958.

Mitropoulos appeared at festivals in Florence and Salzburg. He performed in many cities, including Milan (La Scala) and Vienna (State Opera). In 1934 he toured the USSR. His opera repertoire included works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Ravel, and Milhaud. He also conducted Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Mitropoulos composed the opera Soeur Béatrice (1920), music for the stage, symphonic works, and other types of music.

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Others, such as Nadia Boulanger, Walter Piston, Serge Koussevitzky, and Dimitri Mitropoulos, transmitted Mahler's music and ideas about it through their teaching and conducting.
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After winning the gold medal at the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition, he served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein at the NewYork Philharmonic during the 1968/69 season, then settled in Hamilton, ON, to become Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra until 1990.
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His project, "The Varga Legacy: An Oral History," is designed to fill significant gaps in our knowledge of the art, life, and career of Varga, who served as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein.
Lorin Maazel joined a trio of distinguished predecessors--Artur Rodzinski (1937), Dimitri Mitropoulos (1949 and 1958) and William Steinberg (1964)--when he led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a quartet of early-December performances that resoundingly offered their wildly appreciative audiences maximum bang for their straitened buck.
No less interesting is the volume on musical migrations, balancing articles on historical, ethnomusicological, and organological issues: the dissemination of three-voice bagpipes in Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Romania; Italian musicians in Greece during the nineteenth century; Greek composers in nineteenth-century Italy; the post-1917 Russian musical emigration in Yugoslavia; work of the Russian set designers Leonid (1867-1937) and Rimma (1877-1959) Brailowsky at the Serbian National Theater in Belgrade; and influence of the United States on the conductor, pianist, and composer Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960).