Ernest Ansermet

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Ansermet, Ernest (b Vevey, Switzerland, 1883; d Geneva, 1969). Swiss conductor. Taught mathematics at a Lausanne school, not (as is often stated) at the Univ. Became cond. at Kursaal, Montreux, 1911. Cond. for Diaghilev's Russian Ballet 1915–23, touring widely. Cond. Buenos Aires SO, 1924–7. In 1918 founded L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, of which he remained cond. until 1967. Noted as interpreter of Stravinsky (cond. several f.ps.), Ravel, and Debussy. Salzburg Fest. début 1942 (Vienna PO). Cond. f.p. of The Rape of Lucretia, Glyndebourne 1946. Début NY Met 1962.

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Ernest Ansermet (ĕrnĕst´ äNsĕrmĕ´), 1883–1969, Swiss conductor. For several years he was a high-school mathematics teacher. He began his conducting career in Germany and toured with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes from 1915 to 1923. In 1918 he founded the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and remained its director until 1967. Ansermet was noted for his interpretations of modern French and Russian music, especially Debussy and Stravinsky, and made many concert tours. He also composed several short pieces.