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Munch, Charles

Born: 1891 AD
Died: 1968 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Conductors

1891 – Born on September 26th in Strasburg, Alsace, Germany (now Strasbourg, Haut-Rhin, France). One of the world’s great conductors.

1919 – He took French citizenship, and a violin professorship in Strasbourg. Nevertheless, his professional interests soon sent him to Germany.

1926-1933 – He studied violin with Carl Flesch in Berlin, then moved to Leipzig to take a violin professorship at the conservatory there, and then became concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, during Furtwängler’s tenure.

         – Munch made his successful conducting debut in a self-financed concert with the Straram Orchestra. He conducted the Paris Orchestre de la Société Philharmonique.

1937 – Was named director of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, a post he held through World War II.

1946-1948 – He made his debut with the Boston Symphony (and several other American orchestras) as a guest conductor, and he toured America with the French National Radio Orchestra.

1949 – He was appointed music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, (begun under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky) which he and Monteux took on its first European tour.

1968 – Died on November 6th in Richmond, Virginia.