Text Box: Conductor autographs


Price: $100.00


Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” Bender of New York photograph to opera baritone Robert Shilton, October 31, 1955.  He writes translated from the Romanian, To Robert Shilton in appreciation with all my might of an artist and friend.

Tzincoca (1915-2012) studied at the Iaşi Conservatory from 1933 to 1938 with conductors Antonin Ciolan and Constantin Georgescu where he graduated with a first.  Both were legendary Romanian conductors, Ciolan known as Ciolissimo by orchestras for his quick tempi. He then won a second first prize in a conducting contest in Bucharest.  From 1937-1942 he taught in Iaşi and Bucharest.  He was also the Director of Music Studies at the Bucharest Opera from 1940-1942 and Music Director of Romanian Patriarchal Orthodox Cathedral at the same time, as well as a conductor at the Iaşi Opera.  In 1943 he went to Paris where he was accepted by the Conservatoire and continued his studies with conductors Louis Fourestier and Eugene Bigot.  He graduated with a first in conducting in 1948.  Tzincoca also took private composition class with Noël and Jean Gallon and also studied with Georges Enescu.  In 1946 he was appointed Music Director of the Société Philharmonique de Laval in central western France, as well as a frequent guest conductor of the Colonne Orchestra in Paris.  He left the position in 1950 to  become Enescu’s assistant.  He accompanied Enescu on his 1950 American tour. He decided to stay and conducted his first concert at a music festival in Ipswich Massachusetts in 1952.  The following year he founded the three day Newport Music Festival.  He hired 65 members of the New York Philharmonic as the orchestra, as well as violinist Erica Morini, pianist Claudio Arrau and baritone Robert Merrill. He led the Festival for three seasons.  On May 11, 1953, he hired the orchestra to perform at a Dinu Lipatti memorial concert at Town Hall with the pianists’ widow, Madeleine as soloist. Lipatti had been a dear friend of Tzicoca.  In 1954 he took most of the Philharmonic musicians to form the “Orchestra da Camera” a large chamber orchestra which played three, three concert seasons through 1956 to excellent reviews.  Interestingly their home for the concerts was Town Hall, but during their one Carnegie Hall concert in February, 1955, they were billed as “Members of the New York Philharmonic”.  Wilfrid Pelletier, the Canadian conductor who for many years was associated with the Metropolitan Opera was the Director of the Montreal Conservatoire and he recruited Tzicoca to come to Canada to run the conducting program.  In 1959 the conductor moved permanently to Canada where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He ran the program through 1977.  His first year there he assembled another Orchestra da Camera with members of the Montreal Symphony and they performed together for one season. He also taught choral conducting at the Ecole de Musique Vincent d’Indy from 1960-1965. 

As a conductor, Tzincoca conducted as a guest throughout the world including: the Quebec Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Symphony Orchestra of Montreal, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Pasdeloup Orchestre in Paris, the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, the Bordeaux Symphony Orchestre, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Georges Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest, the Iaşi Orchestra in his home town and The Bucharest Opera.

The conductor also composed songs, choral works, two symphonies, and chamber works.  He and his wife discovered the Romanian language partial holograph manuscript of Bartok’s “Cantata Profana” in New York and reassembled it.  He gave the first performance in Bucharest in 1984 with the Bucharest Philharmonic.

He moved back to Romania after his retirement and the fall of Communism. A rare conductor autograph.


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