born on 16/7/1927 in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Serge Baudo (born July 16, 1927, Marseille) is a French conductor, the son of the oboist Étienne Baudo. He is the nephew of the cellist Paul Tortelier.
Baudo was conductor of the Orchestra of Radio Nice from 1959 to 1962. He then served as permanent conductor at the Paris Opera from 1962 to 1965. Baudo also worked on the music of two Jacques-Yves Cousteau films: in 1964 he composed and conducted the music of World Without Sun and in 1976 he conducted some Maurice Ravel musical pieces for Voyage to the Edge of the World (a Cousteau film about a four months expedition in Antarctica). He conducted the world premiere in Marseille of the opera Andrea del Sarto by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur in January 1969. In July 1970, he conducted the premiere of Henri Dutilleux's Tout un monde lointain... with Mstislav Rostropovich and the Orchestre de Paris at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
Baudo became music director of the Orchestre philharmonique Rhône-Alpes, later the Orchestre National de Lyon, in 1971, and served in this post until 1987. During his time in Lyon, he founded the Berlioz Festival, in 1979.
Baudo was principal conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana from 1997 to 2000, and of the Prague Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2006. His other work with Czech orchestras includes a set of recordings of the complete symphonies of Arthur Honegger with the Czech Philharmonic.
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