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Serebrier Conducts Prokofieff-Tchaikowsky-Beethoven

134 minutes
M1 .S461 1985

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Choir.

When Leopold Stokowski said, "He is the greatest master of orchestral balance," Jose Serebrier was the 23-year-old associate conductor of the newly formed American Symphony Orchestra. Born in Uruguay of Russian and Polish parents, Mr. Serebrier made his conducting debut in Montevideo at the age of 11 and three years later won the composition contest of the National Orchestra. Virgil Thompson, on a Latin-American tour, discovered the musical talents of the 16-year-old Serebrier and promptly convinced the United States Department of State to award him a two-year grant to study conducting and composition. Then in 1957 he won the first of two consecutive Guggenhaim Fellowships: 19 years old, he became the youngest "Fellow" in the history of the Foundation.

In 1960, after studies with Pierre Monteux and working for two seasons with Antal Dorati in Minneapolis, Serebrier began his international career with the first of his annual trips to conduct the major Latin-American orchestras. Since his first European tour in 1963, he has conducted the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, New Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the ORTF Orchestra of Paris, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and the major orchestra of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Israel and Scandinavia.

In the United States, after four years with the American Symphony, he spent two seasons in Cleveland, selected by George Szell as Composer-in-Residence of The Cleveland Orchestra under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation; while there he also conducted the Cleveland Philharmonic.

Serebrier has won several of music's most coveted awards, including those of the Koussevitxky Foundation, the BMI Young Composers Contest and the Ford Foundation American Conductors Project. He has also received commissions from many orchestras and organizations, including the Harvard Musical Association and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has made many recordings with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and numerous other orchestras around the world.

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