1875-1964, Father of Claude, was a French-American conductor and studied
at the Paris Conservatory. As conductor
(1911-14) of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe, he directed the premieres of ballets by Stravinsky, Ravel, and
Debussy. He came to the United States in 1916 to conduct the Ballet
Russe on its American tour, and he remained for two seasons at the
Metropolitan Opera, New York City, and with the Boston Symphony
Orchestra from 1919 to 1924. For the next 10 years, he appeared as guest
conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. He became conductor
of the Paris Symphony Orchestra in 1930 and of the San Francisco
Symphony Orchestra in 1936. In 1942 he became a U.S. citizen. From 1961
until his death Monteux led the London Symphony Orchestra. He was known
for the purity and self-restraint of his interpretations.
Claude Monteux served as
Musical Advisor for The Pierre Monteux School, where he coached chamber
ensembles and worked privately with conductors in their score study. As of 2010, he has retired in this capacity.