Leopold Stokowski

Leopold StokowskiLeopold Stokowski was born in London, 1882, and died September 13, 1977, in Nether Wallop, United Kingdom.

He was the son of a Polish father and Irish mother.

His early musical training was at the Royal College of Organists, and after graduating he became a pupil of Parry, Stanford, and others in composition.

At the age of fourteen a prize work of his was performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral by a chorus of four hundred voices.

Stokowski was an excellent pianist, a violinist, and was able also to play various other orchestral instruments.

Though he graduated at Oxford University, he spent much time on the continent, especially Munich, where he owned a home.

He held two important organ positions – at St. James’, Piccadilly, London, and St. Bartholomew’s, New York – but his greatest musical interest was in orchestra.

After leaving St. Bartholomew’s, he became “guest” conductor with various important orchestras in London and Paris, and speedily attracted the attention of the managers of the Cincinnati Orchestra.

His subsequent success with the Cincinnati Orchestra attracted wide attention, and as his retirement from that organization coincided with that of Carl Pohlig from the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was promptly secured for the vacant position.

His conducting was virile and temperamental, but none the less dignified, revealing a charming and sincere personality.