Leopold Stokowski (Composer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Leopold Anthony Stokowski was an English conductor of Polish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed. Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Born: Leopold Anthony Stokowski, April 18, 1882, London, England
Died: September 13, 1977, Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England
Resting place: East Finchley Cemetery
Known for: Music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Founder of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra
Notable work: Film, Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Carnegie Hall, One Hundred Men and a Girl
Children: 5
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About Leopold Stokowski

Classical conductor who appeared in Walt Disney‘s “Fantasia” from 1940. He conducted the original version of “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgky from 1929 and introduced American audiences to Stravinsky’s score for “The Rite of Spring” in 1922.

Before Fame

He was one of the youngest students at the Royal College of Music when he enrolled at 13.


He founded the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, and the famous Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.

Family Life

He was married to Olga Samaroff in 1911, then to Evangeline Brewster Johnson in 1926, and then to Gloria Vanderbilt on April 21, 1945.


He and Keith Lockhart both became renowned orchestral conductors.

Information related to Leopold Stokowski

  • http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/ead/upenn_rbml_MsColl381 Leopold Stokowski papers, 1916-1994 , Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4585 Leopold Stokowski Papers – Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland
  • http://stokowski.tripod.com/disco/lsdiscs.htm Leopold Stokowski Discography
  • http://www.classical.net/music/guide/society/lssa/disco.html Leopold Stokowski CD Discography
  • František Sláma (musician) http://www.frantisekslama.com/en/conductors-and-a-few-more-recollections-besides Archive . More on the history of the Czech Philharmonic between the 1940s and the 1980s: Conductors
  • http://www.stokowski.org Stokowski/Philadelphia Orchestra Discography and selected (RCA) Victor recordings, 1917-1940

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