István Kertész

István Kertész

Birth
Budapest, Belváros-Lipótváros, Budapest, Hungary
Death 16 Apr 1973 (aged 43)
Kfar Saba, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel
Burial Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Plot Lit. E (between HWG+Lit.G)
Memorial ID 163924716 · View Source
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Orchestral and operatic conductor
While on a concert tour Kertész drowned while swimming off the coast of Israel.István Kertész-He was an internationally acclaimed Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor who, throughout his brief but distinguished career led many of the world's great orchestras, including the Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco and Minnesota Orchestras in the United States, as well as the London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and L'Orchestre de le Suisse Romande. His orchestral repertoire numbered over 450 works from all periods, and was matched by a repertoire of some sixty operas ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner to the more contemporary Prokofiev, Bartók, Britten, Kodály, Poulenc and Janáèek. Kertész was part of a rich musical tradition that produced fellow Hungarian conductors, János Ferencsik, Eugene Ormandy, George Szell, János Fürst, and Sir Georg Solti. On April 16, 1973, while on a concert tour, Kertész drowned while swimming off the coast of Israel at Herzliya. He had been recording what would become a legendary version of Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn, as well as the complete Brahms symphonies. After his untimely death, and in tribute to him, the Vienna Philharmonic finished recording the Haydn Variations. Kertész was survived by his wife, operatic soprano Edith Kertész-Gabry, his children, Gabor, Peter, and Kathrin, his mother, Margit Muresian Kertész Halmos, and his sister, a graphic artist, Vera Kertész.


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  • Created by: Naturstein
  • Added: 4 Jun 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 163924716
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for István Kertész (28 Aug 1929–16 Apr 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 163924716, citing Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany ; Maintained by Naturstein (contributor 46959196) .