Ernest Fleischmann (1924-2010) was a German-born conductor and impresario who ran the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1969-1998
and helped to elevate it to a world-class symphonic orchestra. He was recognized as an accomplished talent scout, recruiting
conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel to Los Angeles, and was a driving force behind the building of the Walt Disney
Concert Hall and the revitalization of the Hollywood Bowl. Fleishmann also served as a consultant to numerous artistic organizations
through his agency, Fleischmann Arts. The collection contains materials spanning from his early career in South Africa and
with the London Symphony Orchestra, to his tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and later consulting work. Included are
administrative files, consulting files, writings, published articles and speeches, correspondence with musicians and composers,
awards, and photographs.
Ernest Fleischmann was born on December 7, 1924 in Frankfurt, Germany. As a boy, his Jewish family immigrated to South Africa,
following the rise of Nazism. In 1942, at the age of seventeen, he made his debut as a professional conductor as well as a
music critic, conducting numerous performances in South Africa. Fleischmann married architect Elsa Leviseur in 1953, and the
marriage eventually ended in divorce.
41 Linear Feet
(96 boxes, 2 half boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 carton)
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