Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ernest Fleischmann (1924-2010)

Ernest Fleischmann, the German-émigré musician who turned from performing to artistic management, revitalizing the London Symphony in the 1960s and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a three-decade tenure (1969-98), died on June 13.

In Los Angeles, Fleischmann was responsible for the hiring of Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn and Esa-Pekka Salonen as music directors (he also had a hand in bringing Gustavo Dudamel to LA), the construction of Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall, initiation of the orchestra's Green Umbrella contemporary music series, and the physical and artistic upgrading of the Hollywood Bowl.

An obituary by Claudia Luther for the Los Angeles Times: