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Edmond de Stoutz (Conductor)

Born: December 18, 1920 - Zürich, Switzerland
Died: January 28, 1997 - Zürich, Switzerland

The Swss conductor, Edmond de Stoutz, studied law at the University of Zürich. The he sqitched to music and learned piano, cello, oboe, percussion and composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zürich; later pursued training in Salzburg and Vienna.

Edmond de Stoutz began his career as cellist in various ensembles, imcluding two years as a cellist and a drummer in the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; In 1945 he founded the Hausorchester-Vereinigung (House Orchestra Association). From 1951 this was the Zürcher Kammerorchester (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), with which he toures widely as a conductor, including New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall. In 1962 he also founded the Zürcher Konzertchor (Zürich Concert Choir). In his progamms, he invariably included works by contemporary composers, especially Swiss. He was responsible for several Swiss premieres of works by Frank Martin, Peter Mieg, Paul Müller-Zürich or Rolf Urs Ringger, among others. In 1965 he was awarded the Hans-Georg-Nägeli-Medaille of the City of Zurich. He was also awarded the Prize of the Doron-Stiftung and in 1991 Freiheitspreis (Freedom Prize) of the Max Schmidheiny-Stiftung. He conducted the ZKO until 1996, a year before he died.

His discography include: J.S. Bach: Concerto No. 1 in C minor for two pianos, BWV 1060; Joseph Haydn: Concerto No.11, Concerto No. 4 in G major, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (EMI 1975); W.A. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211; Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in D for string orchestra, Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks) for 15 instruments; W.A. Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191; Clarinet Concerto, K. 622; 20th century masterpieces of the Vienna school; Giuseppe Tartini: Concerto in G major (D 75), Concerto in A major (D 95), Concerto in D major (D 30); Othmar Schoeck: Concerto (quasi una fantasia) in B flat major, op. 21, for violin & orchestra; Concerto, op. 65, for horn & string orchestra.


Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); English & German Wikipedia Websites
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2013)

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Edmond de Stoutz (Wikipedia) [English]
Edmond de Stoutz (Wikipedia) [German]


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