|Death: ||Mar. 5, 2005|
Symphony Orchestra Conductor. A familiar figure in over 25 countries, he was internationally recognized as one of the most dynamic, sensitive, and experienced conductors of his time. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he began violin studies at the age of five, was hired as a violinist by the Romanian State Ensemble while still in his teens, making his conducting debut at the age of 17 and in his twenties was named Principal Conductor of the Romanian State Opera from 1955 to 1959. He fled the Communist regime in 1959 and emigrated to Israel where he directed the Haifa Symphony until 1966; in 1960 he founded the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra, which he led until 1967. He made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1965 and emigrated to the United States in 1968. Later he was also music director of the Goteborg, Sweden, Symphony from 1966-77, and became chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic in Hilversum, Holland, in 1982. Also held music directorships with some of North America's leading ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and was also music director of the New York City Opera. Beginning in 1969 he spent 15 years with the Baltimore orchestra and transformed it from a little-known ensemble into a nationally respected orchestra, eventually leading the symphony on its first international tour and made its first recordings. His discography exceeds 18 albums. He was honored as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and was awarded an honorary doctorate at Boston's New England Conservatory, was an honorary member of the Swedish Academy of Music and founder of the Baltimore's Symphony Orchestra's national competition for young American conductors. Comissiona and his wife became American citizens on July 4, 1976, at a special Bicentennial ceremony at Fort McHenry on the Baltimore harbor. He was a longtime resident of New York City. He died of a heart attack, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, hours before a scheduled performance. (bio by: Fred Beisser)
Specifically: Funeral at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York City.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Mar 09, 2005
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