He could identify symphonies at the age of 3 and could play the violin at the age of 4. When he was 5, he became the youngest pupil in the history of the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. By the time he was 10, he was performing for the royal family of Austria-Hungary. Ormandy's early musical experiences were made possible by his father, who wanted his son to become a world-renowned violinist. In , Eugene Ormandy was asked to conduct the Budapest Orchestra, much to his father's disappointment. Ormandy once said that his father did not realize how much more important it was to be a great conductor than a great violinist.
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His year association with the orchestra is one of the longest enjoyed by any conductor with a single orchestra. In , he obtained a university degree in philosophy. In , he moved to the United States. Accounts differ on the origin of "Ormandy"; it may have either been Blau's own middle name at birth,  or that of his mother. Ormandy also made 16 recordings as a violinist between and , half of them using the acoustic process. Arthur Judson , the most powerful manager of American classical music during the s, first heard Ormandy when he conducted as a freelancer for a dance recital at Carnegie Hall by Isadora Duncan ; Judson later said, "I came to see a dancer and instead heard a conductor". Judson greatly assisted Ormandy's career, and when Arturo Toscanini was too ill to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in , Judson asked Ormandy to stand in. This led to Ormandy's first major appointment as a conductor, in Minneapolis. On 8 August Ormandy married Stephanie Goldner — Soon after arriving in New York she took a position at Capitol Theatre where Ormandy was a violinist.
Skip to main content Eugene Ormandy. As has been noted elsewhere, Ormandy's '62 recording was the premier recording of the reconstruction of Tchaikovsky's abandoned symphony. See All Buying Options. Bach Album. Currently unavailable. I have looked for years for the I have looked for years for the album in CD form, and I even attempted to recreate it by locating individual MP3s of the pieces included in the original album, but to no avail.