Dobroven, Issay Aleksandrovich [Barabeichik, Ishok Israelevich]
- Noël Goodwin
- , revised by Charles Barber
[Barabeichik, Ishok Israelevich]
(b Nizhniy Novgorod, Feb 27, 1891; d Oslo, Dec 9, 1953). Norwegian conductor of Russian birth. He made his début as a pianist when he was five years old, and at the age of nine entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied piano with Igumnov and composition with Taneyev. After further study in Vienna with Leopold Godowsky, he began teaching in Moscow and conducting at the opera, but left after the Revolution to work in Germany, and in 1922 conducted Boris Godunov at the Dresden Staatsoper. He held opera and concert appointments at Berlin and Dresden (from 1924), the Sofia National Opera (1927–8), San Francisco (1930–34, with Basil Cameron) and the Hungarian State Opera (1936–9). He was also guest conductor of the Minneapolis SO, New York PO and Philadelphia Orchestra. In each centre he made Russian music his calling card. At the outbreak of war Dobroven moved to Oslo and took Norwegian citizenship; in ...