- George Gelles
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(b Brookline, MA, Oct 15, 1920). American flutist and conductor, son of Pierre Monteux. His first studies were with Georges Laurent and he made his solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 20. In 1946 he joined the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and three years later began his conducting career with the itinerant Ballets Russes. He has been a guest conductor of orchestras in Berlin, London, Brussels, Norway, and Holland, and appeared in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the NBC Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has played under such noted conductors as Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Sir Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky, and his father, Pierre. He was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, the Peabody Institute, Vassar College, and Ohio State University. From 1953 to 1956 he was conductor of the Columbus Ohio Orchestra, and from ...