Sir George Solti

(12 October 1912 – 5 September 1997)


“In February of 1997 I conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra completed by the Hungarian Radio Choir performing Cantata Profana by Béla Bartók. During the performance I had realized that all the journey of my life was written in the story of Cantata…while I was conducting Cantata it occured to me that I also had been a ‘deer’: I was born and I had studied to be able to mediate music just like the boys who were borscan0059-2n and learnt to be hunters. I also left my family I was very young those days—and my homeland. I was hunting—seeking for music. Conditions and circumstances of my new life worked as antlers in the Cantata story: the made it impossible to me to return home…Fortunately, I had the chance to grow up in Hungary, in a country that ‘breaths’ music and has a passionate belief in the power of music that celebrates life itself. I am grateful for being born in Hungary and having the opportunity to pursue my studies in that country.”


Sir George Solti is probably the most famous of all the excellent and internationally acclaimed Hungarian musicians who gained reputation to the music culture of our country. During his long and meaningful life he achieved all the goals he had set as a musician: he conducted all the leading orchestras of the world, opera houses and orchestras were on their height under his baton. He has more than 250 records including 45 full operas and received Grammy Award 31 times. He was dubbed a knight by Queen Elizabeth II and was bestowed by the title of honorary doctor at georg_solti-94_c28several European and American universities. His career as a conductor and music director is marked by the names of the following ensembles: Bavarian State Opera Munich; Frankfurt Opera House; Royal Opera Covent Garden London; Orchestre de Paris; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It says a lot that over the course of more than forty years while he was the leader of Chicago Sypmhony Orchestra, Bartók was among the most frequently performed composers after Beethoven and Mozart. His commitment to tthe Hungarian music is also shown by the fact that in his very last record he performed Cantata Profana by Bartók, Psalmus Hungaricus by Zoltán Kodály and Serenade in F minor by Leó Weiner. My life proves that you are able to be successful if you possess talent, confidence—and good luck. My motto is: Never give up!”, Sir George Solti suggested to young musicians.