Szell Chronology

June 7, 1897 Born in Budapest

1900 ca Family moves to Vienna

1908 Public debut as pianist and composer with Vienna Tonktinstler Orchestra

1909-10 Ten-year publishing contract with Universal Edition

1913 First conducting—Bad Kissingen

1914 Conducting debut with Berlin Philharmonic; appears also as soloist and composer

1915-17 Assistant conductor and coach at Berlin Royal Opera: association with Richard Strauss

1917-18 Follows Klemperer as first conductor in Strassburg under Hans Pfitzner

1919-21 Assistant conductor and coach at German Opera House in Prague

1920 Marries Olga Band (ends in divorce in 1926

1921-22 Conductor at Darmstadt State Opera

1922-24 Conductor at Municipal Opera in Dusseldor

1924-29 First conductor at Berlin State Opera under Kleiber

1929-37 General music director of German Opera House in Prague; follows Hans Wilhelm (William) Steinberg Becomes Czech citizen
Guest conducts throughout Europe and in Russia and England

1930 U.S. debut with St. Louis Symphony; returns in 1931

1937-39 Regular conductor at Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow and at Residentie Orchestra in Hague

1938 Marries Helene Schultz Thltsch in Glasgow

1938-39 Conducts Australian Broadcasting Corporation orchestras

1939 Travels to New York via Vancouver

1941- Guest conducts Detroit Symphony, NBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ravinia, Robin Hood Dell

1942 Metropolitan Opera debut, December—Salome

1942-46 Regular at Metropolitan Opera

Guest conducts New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra

1944-45 Guest conducts Cleveland Orchestra

1945-46 Three weeks as guest with Cleveland

1946 Becomes musical director of Cleveland

Becomes American citizen

1948-64 Holland Festival

1949-64 Spring Festivals, Zurich

1949-64 Salzburg Festival

1954 Last conducts Metropolitan Opera, January—Tannhauser

1957 Cleveland Orchestra first tour of Europe

1958-61 Co-conductor, Amsterdam Concertgebouw

1957-58 Vienna Opera

1958, 60 La Scala

1965 Eleven-week Cleveland Orchestra tour of Soviet Union and Europe

1967 Cleveland Orchestra tour of Edinburgh, Salzburg, and Lucerne festivals

1969-70 Senior advisor, New York Philharmonic

1970 Cleveland Orchestra tour to west coast, Korea, Alaska, and Japan during Expo ’70

July 30, 1970 Dies in Cleveland