Sevitzky, Fabien

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SEVITZKY, FABIEN (1893–1967), conductor. Born in Vichny-Volotchok, Russia, Sevitzky adopted an abridged form of the family name so as not to seem to be imposing on the fame of his uncle, Serge *Koussevitzky. He was a double-bass player in Russian orchestras and toured Russia as a virtuoso. In 1922 he moved to Poland, and then to the United States. He played in the Philadelphia Orchestra and founded the Philadelphia String Sinfonietta in 1925. From 1935 to 1955 he was permanent conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra which, under his direction, became one of the leading U.S. orchestras.