born on 1/10/1910 in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France
died on 1/3/1976 in Paris, France
Jean Francisque-Étienne Martinon (usually known simply as Jean Martinon (French pronunciation: [ matin]); 10 January 19101 March 1976) was a French conductor and composer.
Martinon was born in Lyon, where he began his education, going on to the Conservatoire de Paris to study under Albert Roussel for composition, under Charles Munch and Roger Désormière for conducting, under Vincent d'Indy for harmony, and under Jules Boucherit for violin. He served in the French army during World War II, and was taken prisoner in 1940, composing works such as Chant des captifs while incarcerated. Among his other compositions are four symphonies, four concertos, additional choral works and chamber music.
After the war, Martinon was appointed conductor of the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire of Paris, and, in 1946, of the Bordeaux Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras with which he was associated were the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as music director from 1963 to 1968; the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the French National Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, the Concerts Lamoureux and Het Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
Martinon's repertoire focused on the works of early twentieth century French and Russian composers. The premieres of his violin- and cello-concerti were given by Henryk Szeryng and Pierre Fournier respectively.
He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.
Martinon was diagnosed with bone cancer, not long after he guest conducted the San Francisco Symphony in their first complete performances of Deryck Cooke's orchestration of Gustav Mahler's tenth symphony. He died in Paris.
- MusicSack. Retrieved on October 9, 2011.
- (May 1976) "Jean Martinon (Obituary)". The Musical Times 117 (1599): 425.
- Delta Omicron
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Jean Martinon at All Music Guide
- Jean Martinon biography at the Chicago Symphony website.
|Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Directors|
|Theodore Thomas (1891) Frederick Stock (1905) Désiré Defauw (1943) Artur Rodziski (1947) Rafael Kubelík (1950) Fritz Reiner (1953) Jean Martinon (1963) Irwin Hoffman (1968) Georg Solti (1969) Daniel Barenboim (1991)|
|Orchestre National de France Music Directors|