Janigro, Antonio

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Janigro, Antonio

Janigro, Antonio, esteemed Italian cellist, conductor, and pedagogue; b. Milan, Jan. 21, 1918; d. there, May 1, 1989. He enrolled at the Milan Cons, at 11, where he studied cello with Gilberto Crepax. He also received advice from Casals and was a student of Alexanian at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. In 1934 he made his formal recital debut in Pavia, and then pursued an active career as a cello virtuoso. From 1939 to 1953 he was prof, of cello at the Zagreb Cons. In 1948 he launched a 2nd career as a conductor in Zagreb, where he later conducted the Radio and Television Sym. Orch from 1954 to 1964. In 1954 he founded the chamber ensemble I Solisti di Zagreb, which he conducted on extensive tours until 1967. He also was conductor of the Angelicum Orch. in Milan from 1965 to 1967. From 1968 to 1971 he was conductor of the Saarland Radio Chamber Orch. in Saarbrücken. As a guest conductor, Janigro appeared widely in Europe and North America. He also continued throughout the years to tour as a cellist. From 1965 to 1974 he was prof, of the master class in cello at the Düsseldorf Cons. His repertoire as both a cellist and conductor was remarkably comprehensive, ranging from early music to contemporary scores.


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