Serge Koussevitzky


Birthday July 26, 1874

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Russia

DEATH DATE Jun 4, 1951 (76)

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A Russian-born conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for a quarter century.

Before Fame

He studied on a scholarship with the Moscow Philharmonic Society and at the age of 20 he took over his former teacher's spot on the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra.


After he became an American citizen and took over the Boston Symphony, he transformed it from a local institution to one of America's leading orchestras.

Family Life

He was born near Moscow, Russia where he began learning the violin, cello, and piano from his professional musician parents.

Associated With

Leopold Stokowski was another prominent conductor, and the man behind Walt Disney's Fantasia.