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Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” photograph of the Japanese conductor, with a letter on the Maestro’s BSO letterhead from his secretary James Aliferis, November 20, 1978.

 

Ozawa (1935-    ) won the Besancon Conducting Concours in 1959, leading to further study with Eugene Bigot in France and Charles Munch and Pierre Monteux at Tanglewood.  He then won the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood in 1960 for his conducting prowess.  That prize led Bernstein to hire him as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic where he met with great success in his scheduled performances.  In 1962 he made his San Francisco Symphony debut.  He also conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival.  He left the New York Philharmonic post in 1965 after being named Music Director of the Ravinia Festival and concurrently the Music Directorship of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  He also took guest engagements in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.  In 1969 he resigned both Music Directorships to assume the Music Directorship of the San Francisco Symphony. In 1970 he was also engaged as the Music Director of the Berkshire Music School at Tanglewood.    He was also appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973, while keeping his post in San Francisco.  Eventually he resigned the San Francisco post in 1976.  In 1980 he was awarded the title of Honorary Music Director of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2002, Ozawa who had been with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years dropped a bomb on the orchestra board and resigned, assuming the Music Directorship of the Vienna Staatsoper.  He took the year 2006 off due to illness and resumed the Directorship in 2007 retiring in 2010.  Health issues have plagued him on and off since and he conducts when he’s up to it these days.

 

Ozawa has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates, medals and other awards.  Perhaps the most significant was a Kennedy Center honor in 2015.  The Maestro also has a rather significant recorded legacy.

 

At times a controversial figure, he remains one of the top Maestros of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

 

Enclosed with the photograph is a transmittal letter sent by Ozawa’s personal secretary James N. Aliferis, son of the composer, conductor and former President of the New England Conservatory of Music who shares his name.

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