Sir Georg Solti, was a Hungarian-born British orchestral and operatic conductor, best known for his appearances with opera companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London, and as a long-serving music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Born in Budapest, he studied there with Béla Bartók, Leó Weiner and Ernő Dohnányi. In the 1930s, he was a répétiteur at the Hungarian State Opera and worked at the Salzburg Festival for Arturo Toscanini. His career was interrupted by the rise of the Nazis’ influence on Hungarian politics, and being of Jewish background he fled the increasingly harsh Hungarian anti-Jewish laws in 1938. After conducting a season of Russian ballet in London at the Royal Opera House he found refuge in Switzerland, where he remained during the Second World War. Prohibited from conducting there, he earned a living as a pianist. After the war, Solti was appointed musical director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1946.
About Georg Solti
Remembered for his work with the Bavarian State Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, the Covent Garden Opera Company, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this notable conductor produced a series of famous recordings of the operas in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Also a pianist, he was the winner of the 1942 Geneva International Piano Competition.
He began his career as a vocal coach for the Hungarian State Opera. During the World War II years, this Hungarian-Jewish conductor escaped the Nazis by working as a pianist in Switzerland.
He conducted a 1994 London production of La traviata that launched the career of the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
He married Hedwig Oeschli, the daughter of a Zürich University professor, in 1946.
Early in his career, he studied in Budapest with the Austrian-born composer Bela Bartok.
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