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Fritz Reiner, Hungarian conductor.


Reiner, Fritz was born on December 19, 1888 in Budapest, Hungary. Son of Ignatz and Vilma (Pollak) Reiner.


Graduate Royal Academy Music, Budapest, 1908. Also graduate in law, University of Budapest. Honorary Doctor of Music, University of Pennsylvania, 1940, University of Pittsburgh, 1941.

Doctor of Fine Arts, Northwestern University, 1959. Doctor of Laws, Loyola, 1962.


Conductor Opera Comique, Budapest, later at National Theatre, Laibach, and People’s Opera House, Budapest. Chief conductor Royal Opera House, Dresden, 1914-1922. Conductor Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1922-1930.

Served as chief conductor Philadelphia Grand Opera. Visiting director at Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Rome and Barcelona. Guest conductor, various periods, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Teatro La Scala, Milan, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Opera, Covent Garden (London), Chicago Civic Opera (1940), Vienna Musiktreunde, Vienna Opera, 1955, Lucerne Festival, 1958.

Conducted Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzberg Festival, 1956, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, 1956. Head of orchestra and opera department of Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, to May 1941. Musical director Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1938, resigned 1948.

Conductor Metropolitan Opera Company, 1949. Musical director Chicago Symphony, since 1953. Guest conductor Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1945, N.B.C. Orchestra, 1946, Minneapolis Symphony, 1948, Chicago Ravinia Festival, 1948, Chicago Symphony, 1949, N.B.C. Orchestra, 1950, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1958.

Home: Davis Hill Road, Weston, Connecticut 06883. Office: Chicago Symphony, Orchestra Hall, Chgo.


Married 3d, Carlotta Irwin, April 23, 1930. Children (by first marriage): Tussy, Eva.

Ignatz Reiner

Vilma (Pollak) Reiner

Carlotta Irwin