A Conversation with Los Angeles Impresario Ernest Fleischmann

Note: this interview was broadcast on WGBH, Boston’s NPR station for news and culture, and was part of Classical KUSC ‘A Tribute to Ernest, broadcast live from Walt Disney Concert Hall on 3/29/11.

Ernest Fleischmann
Ernest Fleischmann
Ernest Fleischmann, the former General Manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, can be credited with turning this once provincial institution into a world famous orchestra. He was also instrumental in hiring Esa-Pekka Salonen, the famous Finnish music director and composer, and more recently the flamboyant Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, who, baton in hand, has taken the classical music world by storm.
Now in his 80′s, Ernest looks back at his career in a conversation with ThoughtCast, at his home in the Hollywood Hills. This brief interview only skims the surface of his career and accomplishments, but it’s a pleasure to listen to that voice, and to tap into his reservoir of musical knowledge – and instinct.
Click here to listen (8:26 minutes.)

Sadly, Ernest Fleischmann died in June, 2010 after a long illness. He will be missed! Here is a tribute to him from Gail Eichenthal at KUSC.

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2 Responses to A Conversation with Los Angeles Impresario Ernest Fleischmann

  1. sachio March 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    This interview was so interesting for me. Because I also had an interview with him in Tokyo a long time ago.
    His career is really marvelous and I appreciate his contributions to music. And to know he is active more
    than before is really unbelievable.
    Many many thanks to jenny

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    [...] It turns out that Ernest was a famous Symphony Director. Quite a controversial figure but nevertheless seems to have made a meaningful contribution to world of music. The following New York Times article provides a good overview of his life. The LA Times gave a more detailed obituary. Here is a live interview with Ernest. [...]

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