Personalities | (Sir) John Barbirolli | Modern Era | Classical
Born in London to an Italian musical family, Barbirolli made his debut as a cellist at the age of 17 before pursuing a career conducting. In the 1920s and 30s he conducted the British National Opera Company, the Covent Garden Opera Company and the Scottish Orchestra. He succeeded Toscanini as permanent conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1937. In 1943 he became permanent conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, with which he remained for the rest of his life, appearing as a guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and other orchestras.
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