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Pierre Monteux, French conductor. Decorated Commander French Legion of Honor, Commander of Crown of Roumania, Commander of Orange-Nassau. Served as private in French infantry, August 5, 1914-September 10, 1916, participating in battles at Verdun, Rheims. Soissons and Argonne.; Fellow of Stanford University.

Background

Monteux, Pierre was born on April 4, 1875 in Paris. France. Son of Gustave and Clemence (Brisac) Monteux.

Education

Educated Paris Conservatory. Studied violin with Maurin and Berthelier (1st prize, 1896), solfeggio and harmony with Lavignac, counterpoint and fugue with Lenepveu. Doctors degrees from University of California, Mills College, Oakland.

U. Maine, (fellow) Stanford.

Career

Became American citizen March 2, 1942. Began as viola player, later conductor concerts and of Ballet Russe. Conductor Metropolitan Opera Company, New New York 1917-1919, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1919-1924.

With William Mengelberg at the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, 10 years. Became conductor Paris Symphony Orchestra, 1930. (five months each year) conductor San Francisco (California) Symphony Orchestra, 1934-1952.

Principal conductor London Symphony Orchestra, since 1961. Conducted concerts in leading capitals of Europe. Only French conductor to have conducted Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic orchs. before 1950.

Divided season of 1938 with Toscanini and Rodzinski at National Broadcasting County, New York City.

Membership

Served as private in French infantry, August 5, 1914-September 10, 1916, participating in battles at Verdun, Rheims. Soissons and Argonne. Fellow of Stanford University.

Connections

Married third, Doris Hodgkins, September 26, 1928, Brussels, Belgium.

father:
Gustave Monteux

mother:
Clemence (Brisac) Monteux

spouse:
third