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Boris Goldovsky (Arranger)

Born: June 7, 1908 - Moscow, Russia
Died: February 16, 2001 - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

The Russian-American pianist, conductor, opera producer, lecturer, and broadcaster, Boris Goldovsky, is the son of Léa and nephew of Pierre Luboshutz. He studied piano with his uncle and took courses at the Moscow Conservatory from 1918 to 1921. In 1921 he made his debut as a pianist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and continued his studies with Artur Schnabel and Kreutzer at the Berlin Academy of Music from 1921 to 1923. After attending Dohnanyi's master-class at the Budapest Academy of Music (graduated, 1930), he received training in conducting from Reiner at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1932).

Boris Goldovsky served as head of the opera departments at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston from 1942 to 1954, the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood from 1946 to 1961, and the Curtis Institute of Music (from 1977). In 1946 he founded the New England Opera Theater in Boston, which became the Goldovsky Opera Institute in 1963. He also toured with his own opera company until 1984. He was a frequent commentator for the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts (from 1946) and also lectured extensively; he prepared Eng. Translations of various operas.

Writings

Accents on opera (1953)
Bringing opera to Life (1968)
with A. &hoep, Bringing Soprano Arias to Life (1973)
with T. Wolf: Manual of Operatic Touring (1975)
with C. Cate: My Road to opera (1979)
Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen!: Intermission Scripts from tbe Met Broadcasts (1984)
Adult Mozart: A Personal Perspective (4 volumes, 1991-1993)

 

Source: Mostly Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

Boris Goldovsky: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

Links to other Sites

Opera impresario, Boris Goldovsky, dies at age 92: 2/17/01 (South Coast)
Boris Goldovsky (Wikipedia)

A Lesson From Boris Goldovsky (Joseph Shore)
Boris Goldovsky - Biography (IMDB)

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