- Martin Bernheimer
(b Chicago, Oct 7, 1898; d New York, Feb 8, 1983). American conductor and cellist . Educated in Los Angeles, he played in various theatre orchestras before joining the cello section of the San Francisco SO at the age of 17. After moving to the Los Angeles PO (1919), he studied medicine in Leipzig as well as the cello with Julius Klengel. He was principal cellist with the Chicago SO (1922–9) and the New York PO under Toscanini (1929–36). He conducted his first orchestral concert for a New York broadcast in 1931, and formed the Wallenstein Sinfonietta two years later. Returning to Los Angeles in 1943, he became musical director of the Los Angeles PO, a post he held with authority and distinction until 1956. He was active in numerous educational projects, and served as musical director for the radio station WOR in New York. He joined the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music in New York in ...