James Galway

James Galway

Flutist from Northern Ireland
James Galway gained fame as one of Ireland's most popular flutists in the late '70s.
BornDecember 8, 1939
HometownBelfast, Northern Ireland
Net worth$20 million
SpouseJeanne Cinnante Galway (m 1984 - present) , Annie Renggli (m 1972 - present) , Claire LeBastard

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John Georgiadis, star violinist who led the LSO under Previn and Abbado – obituary

  • John Georgiadis, who has died aged 81, was twice leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, serving under the batons of André Previn and Claudio Abbado; a fine violinist, he was also an outspoken one with forthright views on conductors, and his return to the LSO prompted George Szell to observe: “I hope you behave yourself this time.” As a soloist Georgiadis gave the first English performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s violin concerto and an early London performance of Bartok’s first violin concerto. He also made the first recordings of concertos by Arthur Bliss and Ernest Moeran. Later he turned to conducting, spending much of the 1990s in Thailand with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, before returning to the violin in Dustin Hoffman’s 2012 film Quartet. Georgiadis caused a stir in the musical world in 2019 with his uncomplimentary observations of the great maestros in his memoir Bow to Baton, recounting how Karl Böhm was known in the LSO as “the U-boat commander” and that Eugen Jochum’s approach was “heavy going and somewhat turgid”. He also recalled a concert in Columbus, Ohio, with Previn, who was determined to impress on his home soil, observing: “Instead of the careful upbeat … we got a gesture resembling the quick-drawing of two six-gun revolvers.” John Alexander Georgiadis was born in Southend-on-Sea on July 17 1939, the son of Alec Georgiadis, an amateur violinist of Greek descent who dealt in rabbit pelts, and his wife Nancy (née Warren), known as Pat. In 1952 his parents met Willi Boskovsky, leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, while on holiday in the Austrian Alps and invited him to Essex, where he gave the star-struck teenager “an invaluable weekend of violin lessons, recitals and duets”. By then Georgiadis was a student at the Royal Academy of Music and playing in the National Youth Orchestra. Shortly after his 19th birthday he was a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins at the Proms. He also studied in Paris, playing chess and drinking beer with the student flautist James Galway.


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