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Dimitri Mitropoulos' Biography

Dimitri Mitropoulos', early life and works

early years 

early years 

early years 

early years 

early years 

1896 Born in Athens to a non-musical family.
1910 First piano lessons at the Athens Conservatoire.
1915 First concert as conductor on the orchestra podium.
1919 Diploma and Gold Medal in Piano Performance from the Athens Conservatoire.
1920 Continues his musical studies in Brussels on a scholarship.
1921 Settles in Berlin, where he meets the famous composer, pianist and music teacher Ferruccio Busoni.

work abroad and career 

work abroad and career 

work abroad and career 

work abroad and career 

work abroad and career 

1924 Back in Athens, accepts the position of assistant conductor of the Orchestra of the Hellenic Conservatoire.
1936 As a guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he risks performing Prokofiev´s 3rd Piano Concerto both as soloist and as conductor. This is his great professional opportunity: he soon signs as Principal Conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1938-49).
1944 Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
1949 Accepts the position Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, along with Leopold Stokowski. The following year, Stokowski withdraws, and Mitropoulos becomes the sole Permanent Conductor of the orchestra.
1951 Takes over the position of Artistic Director of the New York Philharmonic, until 1957, when Leonard Bernstein takes up this position.
1958 Visits Athens with the Vienna Philharmonic. During this period he guest-conducts other great European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and many others, and appears at prestigious occasions such as the Salzburg Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino etc.
1959 After having suffered his second heart attack, doctors advise him to give up conducting. Considering this worse than death, he goes on conducting with the same verve and passion.
1969 2 November Last and fatal heart attack on La Scala´s podium in Milan. According to his wishes his body is cremated in Switzerland, and his ashes are returned to Athens, where they lay in state at the Theatre of Herod Atticus for two days.