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date: 10 April 2020

Appia, Edmondlocked

  • Jürg Stenzl

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(b Turin, May 7, 1894; d Geneva, Feb 12, 1961). Swiss conductor. He studied the violin with Marteau in Geneva, Rémy and Capet in Paris (1908–13) and César Thomson at the Brussels Conservatory (1920), gaining a premier prix. He became leader of the Geneva Opera House orchestra, and made his début as an international soloist. From 1928 to 1943 he held masterclasses at the conservatories of Lausanne and La Chaux-de-Fonds. While leader of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1932–5) he also began, in 1935, to conduct. In 1938 Geneva radio engaged him as permanent conductor; in addition to contemporary music, he championed French and Italian music of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly the operas of Lully and Rameau, of which he was considered a stylish and elegant interpreter. He also introduced the Jeunesses Musicales into Switzerland. In 1952 he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. His writings include a number of essays on French Classical music (mainly in ...

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Schweizerische Musikzeitung/Revue musicale suisse
Schweizer Musikerlexikon