We have been informed of the death, early today near Lausanne, Switzerland, of the Polish-born French conductor Jerzy Semkow. He was 86.
A student of Erich Kleiber, Bruno Walter, and Tulio Serafin and assistant for two years to Evgeny Mravinsky in Leningrad, Semkow started out in 1959 as artistic director of the Warsaw National Opera. He was principal conductor of the Danish Royal Opera, 1966-76 and music director of the St. Louis Symphony 1976-79. He went on to conduct most of the major US orchs and recorded copiously on several labels, notably Russian repertoire for EMI.