A much-recorded maestro has died, aged 65

A much-recorded maestro has died, aged 65


norman lebrecht

July 31, 2014

We regret to report the death of Arpad Joo, a Hungarian conductor who migrated to the USA in 1968 and performed internationally throughout his life. He died in Singapore on July 4; the cause of death is not yet known.

After stuying at Juilliard, Arpad won the Liszt piano competition in Boston and went on to study conducting with Igor Markevitch and Carlo-Maria Giulini.

He was music director in Knoxville, Tennessee, at age 24, and not long after at the Calgary Philharmonic. Later, he was head of the radio orchestra in Madrid and of the Brabant orchestra in Holland.

He recorded the complete orchestral works of Bartok in Budapest and a dozen late-romantic recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
arpad joo


  • iam says:

    In Singapore??

  • Papageno says:

    That’s a shame.

    I owned some of Maestro Joo’s recordings when I was a teenager as well as in college, including a disc of Ravel’s Bolero coupled with Pavane and Daphnis and Chloe (with the London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers). It’s available on Amazon for download, and I recommend it for those who enjoy the composer.

  • Doris Ivie says:

    Arpad was a lasting friend whose knowledge encompassed galaxies and plumbed depths barely known to most of us.