Paita, Carlos, Argentine conductor; b. Buenos Aires, March 10, 1932. He studied piano with Juan Neuchoff, composition with Jacobo Fischer, and conducting with Rodzinski; greatly impressed by Fürtwan-gler’s concerts in Argentina, he became determined to pursue a conducting career. After appearances in Buenos Aires, he conducted in Europe; made his U.S. debut as a guest conductor with the Houston Sym. Orch. (1979). He was active mainly in South America and Europe; recorded with an orch. in London created especially for him. A conductor of passionate Latin tempermant, he won both fervent admirers and intrepid detractors with his supercharged performances of the Romantic repertory.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire