One of the world's greatest musicians, Leopold Stokowski, has died at his home in southern England at the age of 95.
One of the world's greatest musicians, Leopold Stokowski, has died at his home in southern England at the age of 95. A spokesman for his family said the musician died peacefully after a heart attack in the Hampshire village of Nether Wallop. Stokowski was born in England of a Polish father and an Irish mother in 1882, and was educated at the Royal College of Music in London. He made his debut in England as orchestral conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1951 -- after a long career in the United States. He'd conducted several American orchestras including the NBC symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and became an American citizen early this century. Stokowski gained a reputation as a musical experimenter, and earned high praise for his transcriptions of Bach's music and works originally intended for solo instruments. His career took him to almost every corner of the globe, and he was still working for the CBS record company when he died. He'd recently completed recording a symphony with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 1972, to mark his 90th birthday, NBC's Barbara Walters interviewed Stokowski in New York: