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Issay Alexandrovich Dobrowen (2/27/1891 - 12/09/1953)

Of Russian birth, Dobrowen initially studied the piano, being a pupil of Igumnov on that instrument at the Moscow Conservatory and of Taneyev for composition, subsequently going on to study with Leopold Godowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music. He was appointed a professor at the Moscow Conservatory in 1917, making his debut as a conductor in 1919 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In 1922 he conducted the first performances in Germany of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Dresden Opera, where he was engaged shortly afterwards as first conductor under Fritz Busch, the general music director. Dobrowen also held a position at the Vienna Volksoper between 1924 and 1927, and led the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra concerts before being appointed as the chief conductor of the Sofia Royal Opera in Bulgaria for the 1927–1928 season, as well as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1927 to 1931. That latter year he travelled to America, where he soon secured the posts of associate conductor with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra and of chief conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In addition he conducted regularly at the Budapest Opera between 1936 and 1939, and he was invited in 1937 to become the conductor of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which had been




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