Jean Martinon


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(b Lyons, 1910; d Paris, 1976). Fr. conductor, violinist, and composer. Prisoner-of-war for 2 years during which he comp. several works. Cond. f.p. of one of these in Paris, which led to post at Bordeaux 1943–5. Ass. to Munch with LPO 1947–9. Cond. Radio Eireann Orch. 1948–50. Mus. dir. Lamoureux Orch., 1951–8, Israel PO 1958–60, Düsseldorf SO 1960–6, Chicago SO 1963–9 (Amer. début Boston 1957), French Radio Orch. 1968–75, Hague Residentie 1975–6. First Frenchman to win Mahler Medal. Wrote 4 syms.; opera; oratorio; 2 vn. concs.; vc. conc.; 2 str. qts., etc.

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