Walter Susskind


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(b Prague, 1913; d Berkeley, Calif., 1980). Cz.-born conductor and pianist (Eng. cit. 1946). Début (La traviata) as cond., Ger. Opera, Prague, 1934–8. Pianist in Czech Trio 1933–8. Went to London 1938, playing in Czech Trio in exile until 1942. Prin. cond. Carl Rosa Opera, 1943–5. Cond., Scottish Orch. 1946–52, Victorian SO of Melbourne, 1953–5, Toronto SO 1956–65, Aspen Mus. Fest. 1962–8, St Louis SO 1968–75. Taught at Univ. of S. Ill., 1968–75. Mus. adviser and prin. guest cond., Cincinnati SO 1975–80. Comp. str. qt. and songs.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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