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Eugene Ormandy

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Eugene Ormandy (November 18, 1899–March 12, 1985) was a Hungarian-born Jewish conductor and violinist. Born Jenő Blau in Budapest, Hungary, Ormandy began studying violin at the National Hungarian Royal Academy of Music (now the Franz Liszt Academy of Music) at the age of five. He gave his first concerts as a violinist at age seven and graduated at 14 with a master's degree. In 1920, he obtained a university degree in philosophy. In 1921 he moved to the United States of America. Around this time Blau changed his name to "Eugene Ormandy," "Eugene" being the equivalent of the Hungarian "Jenö." Accounts differ on the origin of "Ormandy"; it may have either been Blau's own middle name at birth, or his mother's. He worked first as a violinist in the Major Bowes Capitol Theater Orchestra in New York City. He became the concertmaster within five days of joining and became the conductor of this group which accompanied silent movies.

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  • Birthname: Jenő Blau
  • Born: November 18, 1899
  • Died: March 12, 1985 (Aged 85)
  • Occupation: Conductor and Violinist

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