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José Serebrier

 

In Rome we met the great conductor and significant composer José Serebrier. Born in Uruguay in 1938 from a Russian father and a Polish mother, he came as a young man to the USA where Leopold Stokowski conducted his music. Later on he was assistant of Dorati in Minneapolis and of Stokowski in Philadelphia, as well as composer in residence of George Szell's Cleveland Orchestra. He spoke with us about his remarkable carreer, and he told us a lot of superb anecdotes about the great people he met. He answered our questions about his compositions and their motivation and he told us why he doesn't want to take a permanent post. We followed him with our cameras during the rehearsals with the new founded Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile di Roma playing Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Sibelius' First Symphony. Of course, we all had a wonderful time in the eternal city.

 

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