Georg Solti (Sir)
1912 – 1997
Deservedly regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the second half of the twentieth century, Sir George Solti won more Grammy Awards as a major classical recording artist than any other conductor. He personally won 31!
Hungarian born Solti known for being tense during the rehersals and relaxed in performance had a long association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 until 1991. He conducted 999 performances with them and was scheduled to do his 1000th around the time of his 85th birthday.
Solti's numerous recordings with the CSO included an Otello recorded live at Carnegie Hall and Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
He served brief terms with the Orchestre de Paris and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted a full Ring Cycle at Bayreuth in 1983.
He passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 1997.