Eugene Ormandy

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Ormandy, Eugene


(real surname Blau). Born Nov. 18, 1899, in Budapest. American symphonic conductor of Hungarian birth.

Ormandy graduated in 1916 from the Budapest Royal Academy of Music, where he studied violin and then taught. He was concertmaster of the Blüthner Orchestra in Berlin from 1917 to 1921. Since 1921 he has lived in the United States; in that year he became concertmaster of the Capitol Theater Orchestra and in 1924 its conductor. He was principal conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1931 to 1936.

Between 1936 and 1938, Ormandy was associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra under L. Stokowski, becoming the orchestra’s principal conductor in 1938. He has toured with this orchestra to many countries, including the USSR (1958). Ormandy’s repertoire as a conductor is wide. Noted for his precise style and romantic interpretations, he faithfully realizes the composer’s intention.


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Eugene Ormandy, in his many years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the best example of the Kapellmeister, as contrasted to the flashier talents of, say, a Fritz Reiner, Georg Szell, or Leonard Bernstein.
Eugene Ormandy, like many other conductors, was a most vocal soloist in rehearsals, giving directions to his musicians and expressing opinions on nearly everything--all in his uniquely idiomatic English.
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Please remain on the line, relax and enjoy a recording of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64, featuring soloist Isaac Stern with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Eugene Ormandy.