From the unexpected death of the L.A. Phil's first director to the long lives of many others, here's a look at six men who have led the symphony orchestra since its beginning in 1919.
Stricken unexpectedly as he was driving to the beach for an afternoon of recreation, Walter Henry Rothwell, leader of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor of Hollywood Bowl concerts, and internationally famed as a musician, fell dead in his automobile yesterday morning at Ocean View avenue and South Grandview street. He was 55 years of age. Read more
Artur Rodzinski, 64, who ranked among the world's great symphony conductors, died tonight at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was being treated for heart disease. Read more
Dr. Eduard van Beinum, world–famed symphony conductor whose return as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra this fall was eagerly awaited, died of a heart attack yesterday in Amsterdam. Read more
Otto Klemperer, who was known at the time of his retirement as the greatest living conductor of Beethoven and Mahler, died in his sleep at his home here Friday night, his family announced. He was 88. Read more
Alfred Wallenstein, the restrained, traditional and tasteful conductor credited with building the Los Angeles Philharmonic into a force of major musical proportion, has died in New York City, it was learned Wednesday. Read more
Carlo Maria Giulini, who as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from the late 1970s to the early '80s brought an intense yet subtle passion to the concert hall with his poetic style of music making, has died. He was 91. Read more