Born: March 1, 1907; Jindřichův Hradec/Neuhaus, Bohemia
Died: September 21, 1977; Butler, New Jersey
Kurt Adler was born in 1907 in Neuhaus Bohemia, now known as Jindřichův Hradec within the Czech Republic. At the time of his birth, Bohemia was within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Adler began studying music at the age of six with his Cantor. His education in music continued in Vienna where he studied with a host of distinguished teachers and musicians. Adler’s professional musical career was launched in Germany where he worked on theRead more staff of the Berlin State Opera. He later moved to the German Opera Theatre in Prague along with colleagues Max Rudolf, George Szell and others. He also conducted at the Municipal Opera House in Berlin. From 1933 Adler traveled to the U.S.S.R. where he served as the first conductor of the National Opera House of Ukraine, in Kiev. By 1935, always busy with important music projects, Kurt Adler then founded the Symphonic Orchestra of Stalingrad where he was the orchestra’s first Music Director.
With connections still in Austria, by the late 1930s, Adler immigrated to the United States to escape Nazism and he toured America as a pianist and conductor. During World War II, Adler’s parents were murdered at the Izbica concentration camp. Adler became an American citizen in 1944. A year earlier, he had joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, at the time under the management of Edward Johnson in conjunction with Rudolf Bing, who was General Manager. Adler served there as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski. Of his many later travels and experiences, Adler was also the Musical Director of both the Opera Nacional and the Opera de Mexico in Mexico City. Kurt Adler passed away in 1977.
An all-round musician of great insight and artistic quality, Kurt Adler is remembered as a noted pianist, teacher and conductor of orchestral, choral and operatic music. His recordings offer rewarding musical experiences.
(Kurt Adler is not to be confused with Kurt Herbert Adler (1905-1988), an Austrian conductor and opera house director.)
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