Fayer, Yuri, Russian conductor; b. Kiev, Jan. 17, 1890; d. Moscow, Aug. 3, 1971. After attending the Kiev Cons., he studied violin and composition at the Moscow Cons. He played in various orchs. before conducting opera in Riga (1909–10). In 1916 he joined the orch. of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he was asst. conductor (1919–23) and chief conductor (1923–63) of its ballet. He toured with it in Europe, the U.S., and China. His memoirs were publ. in 1970.
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