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Lazare Saminsky, Russian composer. Member American Society of Composers,; Club: P.E.N. (New York City).


Saminsky, Lazare was born on October 27, 1882 in Odessa, Russia. Son of Joseph and Marie (Grieber) Saminsky.


Student of University of St. Petersburg (Russia) and Imperial Conservatory of Music, Master of Arts.


Made debut as composer-orchestra conductor, Moscow, 1913. Conductor of his 1st symphony, Imperial Opera House, Petrograd, 1917. Lectured at British universities, 1919-1920.

Music director, Duke of York, London, 1919-1920. Came to the United States, 1920, naturalized, 1926. Made United States debut as guest composer and conductor, Detroit, 1921.

Conductor Friends of Music, New York City, 1922, New York Philharmonic, 1923, New York Symphony, 1923 and 1924. Director Three Choir Festivals of New York since 1936. Lecturer and conductor United States Music in South America, 1940.

Conductor Festivals of America Music, Paris, France, 1923, 25, 26. Founder and director League of Composers. Lectured and conducted in Canada, 1941-1942.

Directed concerts in honor of France, England and Russia, New York, Spring 1944. Conducted his 3 shadows, lectured in France and over State radio, 1949. Premiere 5th Symphony New York City, 1958.

Directed his works in Jerusalem.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Defeat of Julian, the Apostate Caesar (opera). The Daughter of Jephtha (opera-ballet). Also other operas, ballets and 5 symphonies.

      Author: Music of the Ghetto and the Bible, 1934. Music of Our Day, 1939. Living Music of the Americas, 1949.

      Essentials of Conducting, Physics and Metaphysics of Music, Essays on Philosophy of Mathematics, all 1957. Autobiography Third Leonardo, 1958.


Member American Society of Composers. Club: P.E.N. (New York City).


Married Lillian Morgan Buck, April.; married second, Jennifer Gandar, February 1, 1948.

Joseph Saminsky

Marie (Grieber) Saminsky

Lillian Morgan Buck

Jennifer Gandar