Top Swiss export turns 80

No Swiss maestro has matched the world conquests of Charles Dutoit.

He was music director of the Montreal Symphony from 1977 to 2002 and at various other times of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Pacific Music Festival, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Dutoit will turn 80 on October 7.


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  • One of the few great conductors left alive. A musician of great charisma whose performances & recordings- with their style/sensitivity leave an indelible mark on me.

    Pity he had such a tough time in Montreal at the end.

    He strikes me as a man whom you could sit down with over a glass of wine with to discuss music & many other things. For one- I’d like to discuss the Faure Requiem with him. So if you read this forum. Happy Birthday Maestro.

    • I had the good fortune once to spend two hours alone with him. In a long career I have never met anyone more knowledgeable on so many subjects. And has anyone else in the music business visited virtually every country on earth? It was an utterly fascinating conversation.

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