Koussevitzky was a distinguished symphony orchestra conductor who started his career as a double bass virtuoso.
He left Russia in 1920 to conduct orchestras in Western Europe
Koussevitzky moved to the United States in 1924 where he followed Pierre Monteux as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra which reached a peak of perfection under his leadership.
He retained his position with the orchestra until shortly before his death.
He founded the Berkshire Music Center at Lenox, Mass., and began to teach conducting; Leonard Bernstein was his pupil and successor. In memory of his first wife he also set up the Koussevitzky Music Foundation to assist composers.Show more