Ajmone-Marsan, Guido, Italian-born American conductor; b. Turin, March 24, 1947. He was taken to the U.S. as a child and became a naturalized American citizen in 1962. He studied clarinet and conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.A., 1968); continued his studies in Salzburg, Venice, and Siena. He took a course in conducting with Ferrara at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1968–71). His conducting career received its decisive impetus in 1973, when he won 1st prize in the Solti Competition in Chicago; subsequently he appeared as a guest conductor with the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland orchs., and with various orchs. abroad. He was music director of Arnhem’s Het Gelders Orch. (1982–86), music advisor and principal conductor of the Orch. of III. in Chicago (1982–87), and Generalmusikdirektor of the Essen City Theater (1986–90).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire