• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever

Hungarian Conductor Fritz Reiner Died in 1963

Frederick Martin Reiner was a prominent Hungarian-American conductor known for his precision, technical mastery, and demanding approach to orchestral performance


Hungarian conductor Fritz Reiner died on this day in 1963 – aged 74.

Reiner was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, where his primary instrument was the piano. During his last two years he learnt from Bela Bartok.

Reiner began his career as a conductor in Europe, working at various opera houses and orchestras. He served as a conductor at the Dresden State Opera, among other positions. With the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany, Reiner, who was of Jewish descent, left Europe and emigrated to the United States in 1922. In the U.S., Reiner quickly gained recognition for his exceptional conducting skills. He was first offered the position of Principal Conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1938 he became the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and later served as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1949 to 1953. Reiner gained international recognition when he became the director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1953.

He made numerous recordings, many of which are highly regarded for their clarity, precision, and attention to detail. His recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, especially of the standard orchestral repertoire, are considered benchmarks.

Reiner also taught conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1931–41) where his pupils included Bernstein and Lukas Foss.




upcoming events

april 2024

23aprAll Day26Lyon International Chamber Music Competition(All Day) Université Lumière Lyon 2, 18 quai Claude Bernard 69365 Lyon, FranceEvent Type :competitions Event Tagschamber music,chamber music competition,Lyon International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

may 2024

06may01junQueen Elisabeth Violin Competition(may 6) 12:00 am - (june 1) 11:59 pm Flagey ASBL-VZW, Pl. Sainte-Croix, 1050 Bruxelles, BelgiumEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition,violinFOLLOW

07mayAll Day13Prague Spring International Violin Competition(All Day) Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábř. 79/12, 110 00 Staré město-Staré Město, CzechiaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsPrague Spring International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

10mayAll Day1251st Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition(All Day) University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USAEvent Type :competitions Event TagsFischoff Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

27mayAll Day31New York Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027Event Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right