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Mitropoulos, Dimitri

Born: 1896 AD
Died: 1960 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Pianists

1896 – Born in Athens on the 1st of March.

1921-1925 – He assisted Erich Kleiber at the Berlin State Opera and then took a number of posts in Greec.

1930 – Concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, he played the solo part of The Prokofiev 3rd piano concerto and conducted the orchestra from the keyboard, becoming one of the first modern musicians to do so.

1936 – Mitropoulos made his U.S. debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,

1946 – He settled in the country, becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1949 – He served as the principal conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, after which he worked with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

1949 – He became the Philharmonic’s principal conductor to be replaced by Leonard Bernstein, to whom he had served as a mentor.

1952 – He commissioned American composer Philip Bezanson to write a piano concerto, which he premiered the following year.

1960 – Died on the 2nd of November in Milan, Italy at the age of 64, while rehearsing Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony.