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date: 16 October 2019

Kurtz, Efremlocked

  • Noël Goodwin

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(b St Petersburg, Nov 7, 1900; d London, June 27, 1995). American conductor of Russian birth. He studied with Nikolay Tcherepnin and Glazunov at the St Petersburg Conservatory; he then went to Riga University and the Stern Conservatory, Berlin. He made his début at Berlin in 1921, deputizing for Nikisch at a dance programme given by Isadora Duncan. He became musical director of the Stuttgart Philharmonic, 1924–33, and also toured with Anna Pavlova in Europe, Australia and South America during the three years before her death in 1931; he made his first visit to Britain at that time. He spent eight years (1933–41) as musical director of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (successor to the Diaghilev company), touring widely in Europe and the USA. During the 1940s he worked in films, both in cinematic versions of Ballets Russes productions and feature films such as Escape Me Never...

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