A music director of the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic in the 1930s and 1940s, he is celebrated for his interpretations of classic works.
He studied music in Lwow, Poland and in Vienna, then traveled to Los Angeles to lead the city's philharmonic, and then to Cleveland for the same purpose.
Joining the New York Philharmonic in 1943, he brought his exacting standards that while rubbing some the wrong way became celebrated for improving the orchestra's quality.
He married twice, with one of his two sons, Witold Rodzinski, becoming a noted diplomat in China.
Fellow Polish conductor Leopold Stokowski first discovered him in a performance in Poland, and brought him over to the U.S.