Leopold Stokowski

Classical music, Conductor

1882 – 1977

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Who was Leopold Stokowski?

Leopold Anthony Stokowski was a British conductor of partly 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 for appearing in the 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.

In America, Stokowski performed with 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. He conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, including Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career.

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Born
Apr 18, 1882
London
Also known as
  • Stokowski, Leopold
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • England
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Royal College of Music
  • The Queen's College, Oxford
  • Conservatoire de Paris
Died
Sep 13, 1977
Nether Wallop

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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