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composer , conductor.

Igor Markevitch, Russian composer, conductor. Decorated knight Legion of Honor, commander Arts and Literature (France).


Markevitch, Igor was born on July 27, 1912 in Kiev, Russia. Son of Boris and Zola (Pokitonoff) Markevitch.


Student College Vevey, Music College, Paris, France. Student piano with Alfred Cortot, mus. composition with Nadia Boulanger, orchestra conducting with Hermann Scherchen. M. Kyra Nijinsky, March 1936.

1 son, Vaslav.


Orchestra conductor, since 1939. Leader orchestra of Florence and of Mai florentin, 1944-1946. Charge international courses orchestra conducting Salzburg, 1947-1954, Mexico, 1955-1957, Santiago de Compostela, 1966.

Leader Havana Philharmonic Orchestra, 1957-1959. Conductor orchs. through Europe, Asia, Australia, N. and S. American. Permanent conductor Lamoureux Orchestra, Paris, 1957-1961, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, since 1965.

Mus. director Symphonic Orchestra Montreal, 1955-1960. Artistic director Monte-Carlo Opera, since 1968. Conductor emeritus Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Piano Concerto, 1929. Lost Paradise: Icare. Rebus

    • cantata on words by Jean Cocteau.

      Lawrence the Magnificent. Also chamber music. Author: Introduction to Music. Organ Point

    • Made in Italy.


Married Topazia Caetani, July 1946. Children: Allegra, Nathalie, Oleg.

Boris Markevitch

Zola (Pokitonoff) Markevitch

Topazia Caetani

Allegra Markevitch

Nathalie Markevitch

Oleg Markevitch