Sir Georg Solti was one of the most outstanding conductors of this century and a leading figure in the musical life of Europe and the United States. His first recording for Decca made the Maestro 1947, as a pianist with Kulenkampf (violin sonatas by Brahms and Beethoven) and as conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra ZÜrich (Beethoven's Egmont Overture). More than half a century was Sir Georg Solti Decca connected through an exclusive agreement, leaving behind a monumental discography of over 250 major recordings - darunten 45 complete operas - mainly with the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Chicago and London. For this he received a total of 32 Grammy awards - more than any other musician in classical or popular area.
Sir Georg Solti studied piano, composition and conducting with Bartók, Dohnányi, Kodály and Leo Weiner at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Although he performed as a pianist at his concert debut, he was hired by the Budapest Opera little later as a conductor. 1937 Toscanini selected him as his assistant at the Salzburg Festival. Before the outbreak of World War II fled Sir Georg Solti in Switzerland, where he once again earned his living as a pianist and in 1942 at the Concours International in Geneva won the first prize.
In 1946 he was invited by the American military government to conduct a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio in MÜnchen. The success of this performance led to his appointment as Chairman of the Munich State Opera, whose standard and reputation he strengthened enormously over the next six years. During this time, the Salzburg Festival was revived and Sir Georg worked there as well as in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Florence and Buenos Aires.
1952 Took Maestro Solti the post of music director of the Opera in Frankfurt, where he remained for nine years. From 1961 to 1971 he headed the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden and in 1992 was appointed "Music Director Laureate". Through his work at the Royal Covent Garden Opera House he gained international fame, particularly through its performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten, the British premiere of Moses und Aron and Wagner's Ring. FOr Decca played Sir Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic the entire Ring cycle on record a - a historic achievement, which took seven years to complete and represented the first complete studio recording work.
Sir Georg Solti's remarkable partnership with the Chicago Symphony began in 1954, when he conducted the orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. In 1956 he returned as a guest of the Lyric Opera in Chicago back and conducted Die Walküre, Salome and La forza del destino. His debut in the local Orchestra Hall he gave on 9 December 1965 its first concerts for 22 years as conductor of the Chicago Symphony in September 1969., 1969-1991, Maestro Solti served the orchestra as music director; the worldwide reputation of this ensemble is mainly attributed to his work. The first foreign tour of the CSO in 1971 took place under the aegis of Sir Georg Solti. In his capacity as "Music Director Laureate" he should head the thousandth concert of this orchestra early October. Until his death in 1997, Sir George was busy schedule filled with obligations that would have been enough far younger colleagues to honor; into the 21st century, he had already accepted commitments.
FOr his outstanding contributions to the music was Sir Georg Solti in 1972 charged by the British Queen Elizabeth II. To knighthood. From 1979 to 1984 he held the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and later was appointed to the "Conductor Emeritus". Maestro Solti has received numerous honorary doctorates of music degrees from Oxford University, the University of London and the Universities of Durham, Leeds and Surrey; in the United States of Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago, also of Yale and Harvard, and the Eastman School of Music. In addition, he was an honorary doctorate in humanities from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and an honorary degree awarded "in the disciplines of art, music and drama" of the University of Bologna Presented.
Besides his numerous Grammys Sir Georg Solti has received many other prestigious awards. him the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society was awarded in 1989, Britain's highest musical honor, which was among others Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini and Stravinsky given. Further, Sir George was an honorary member of the Royal College of Music in London. In september 1985, awarded the title of Professor Honoris Causa was awarded by the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg. He was also the Merit Pour le Mérite answer for Science and Art of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 1987 the Loyola-Mellon Humanities Award. That same year, Sir Georg Solti was awarded the Medal of Merit on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, the highest award of the city of Chicago, while a bronze bust of the Maestro was unveiled in the local Lincoln Park. Also in 1987 he was honored with the Order of the banner of the Republic of Hungary and named Musical America "Musician of the Year".
In 1988 Sir Georg Solti from the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation in Chicago to Edward Moss Martin Award on behalf, and in 1992 he received the Danish Léonie Sonning Music Prize. 1993, he received the Great Cross of Merit with Star of the Republic of Hungary and the highest German award, the Great Cross of Merit with Star and Sash. In the same year the Vienna Philharmonic Sir Georg honored on the occasion of his 80th birthday and the more than forty years of cooperation with the first "Hans Richter Medal". The following year, he received the Kennedy Center Honour and the Belgian title of "Commandeur de l'Ordre de Leopold". 1994 decorated him with the President of the Portuguese "Ordem Militar De Santiago De Espada", the highest civilian honor in the country (has won the last music maker was thus in 1954 Stravinsky). Sir Georg Solti was also owner of the French Order "Legion d'Honneur", and 1995, he received the "Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". The following year, he was named "Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic", and the L'Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris established the "Solti Prize" to be awarded annually to an outstanding young singers. As the first of the American soprano Renée Fleming has been granted this award.
Recently Decca has remastered two classic recordings Sir George: 1997 his legendary Ring cycle appeared new, and in autumn 1998 followed by the recordings of operas by Strauss.
In October 1998, little more than a year after his death, thought to Sir Georg Solti for a special concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, for television and CD was recorded. Here Mstislav Rostropovich, Angela Gheorghiu, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maxim Vengerov and Zubin Mehta appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the money benefited the newly formed Solti Foundation, which Sir George had launched shortly before his death, to improve music education and promoting young talents worldwide.
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