San Francisco Symphony


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San Francisco Symphony,

orchestra founded 1911. It has performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall since 1980. Henry Hadley, the original music director, was followed by Alfred Hertz (1915–30), who began radio broadcasts and recordings by the symphony. Other music directors have included Pierre MonteuxMonteux, Pierre
, 1875–1964, French-American conductor, studied at the Paris Conservatory. As conductor (1911–14) of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, he directed the premieres of ballets by Stravinsky, Ravel, and Debussy.
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 (1936–52), Enrique Jordá (1954–63), Josef Krips (1963–70), Seiji OzawaOzawa, Seiji
, 1935–, Japanese conductor, b. Japanese-occupied Manchuria. A graduate of the Toho School of Music, Ozawa became the first Japanese conductor to gain recognition in the West, winning competitions in Europe and the United States.
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 (1970–76), Edo de Waart (1977–85), Herbert Blomstedt (1985–95), who initiated a major renovation of Davies hall, Michael Tilson ThomasThomas, Michael Tilson,
1944–, American conductor, composer, and pianist, b. Hollywood, Calif. A musical prodigy, he won Tanglewood's Koussevitsky Prize at 24 and shortly thereafter (1969) made his conducting debut with the Boston Symphony.
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 (1994–2020), who expanded the orchestra's audience and repertoire, and Esa-Pekka SalonenSalonen, Esa-Pekka,
1958–, Finnish conductor and composer. Originally a French horn player, he studied (1973–77) at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. He made his conducting debut (1979) with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, his American debut (1984) with the Los
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 (2020–). The symphony tours regularly throughout Europe and Asia, and supports a youth orchestra and an extensive education program with San Francisco public schools.
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