Buketoff, Igor, American conductor; b. Hartford, Conn., May 29, 1915. He studied at the Univ. of Kans. (1931–32), the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (B.S., 1935; M.S., 1941), and the Los Angeles Cons. In 1942 he won the first Alice M. Ditson Award for Young Conductors. He was music director of the Chautauqua Opera (1941–47), the N.Y. Phil. Young People’s Concerts (1948–53), the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Phil. (1948–66), the Iceland Sym. Orch. in Reykjavík (1964–65), the St. Paul (Minn.) Opera (1968–74), and the Tex. Chamber Orch. (1980–81). He also taught at the Juilliard School of Music (1935–45), the Chautauqua School of Music (1941–477), Columbia Univ. (1943–47), Butler Univ. (1953–63), and the Univ. of Houston (1977–79). Buketoff was notably active in the promotion of contemporary music.
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