Fight the tendency to become complacent and do one kind of music — that is the death of a musician.

  • Born Georg Solti on Oct. 21, 1912, in Budapest, Hungary. Died Sept. 5, 1997, in Antibes, France
     
  • Orchestral conductor George Solti was the longtime leader and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With CSO and other first-rate orchestras around the world, Solti made more than 250 recordings. He established a reputation for being an intense and dynamic conductor with his Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra series of recordings of Wagner's Ring cycle, released between 1958 and 1965.   
     
  • The incredibly prolific Solti won 31 GRAMMYs in his lifetime, and he currently is the top GRAMMY winner of all time. His first win was for 1962 for Best Opera Recording for his rendition of Verdi's Aida. His final win was for 1997, a Best Opera Recording award for his conducting of Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
  • Solti was a rising star in the European classical scene of the 1930s, but his career was imperiled with the rise of the Nazi's in Germany. Solti, of Jewish descent, sought refuge in Switzerland. Travel and work restrictions made it impossible for him to work as a conductor during this period, so he supported himself as a piano accompanist.
  • Solti, along with record producer John Culshaw, was the recipient of the Recording Academy's first Trustees Award in 1967. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. Solti has two works in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: the complete set of his Ring cycle recordings, and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8. 
  • The Solti Foundation was created by Solti's wife and daughters after his death to provide financial support to struggling young artists. The Georg Solti Accademia was founded in 2004 to carry on Solti's legacy through music training and education.

 

Georg Solti

Fight the tendency to become complacent and do one kind of music — that is the death of a musician.

  • Born Georg Solti on Oct. 21, 1912, in Budapest, Hungary. Died Sept. 5, 1997, in Antibes, France
     
  • Orchestral conductor George Solti was the longtime leader and music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With CSO and other first-rate orchestras around the world, Solti made more than 250 recordings. He established a reputation for being an intense and dynamic conductor with his Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra series of recordings of Wagner's Ring cycle, released between 1958 and 1965.   
     
  • The incredibly prolific Solti won 31 GRAMMYs in his lifetime, and he currently is the top GRAMMY winner of all time. His first win was for 1962 for Best Opera Recording for his rendition of Verdi's Aida. His final win was for 1997, a Best Opera Recording award for his conducting of Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg.
  • Solti was a rising star in the European classical scene of the 1930s, but his career was imperiled with the rise of the Nazi's in Germany. Solti, of Jewish descent, sought refuge in Switzerland. Travel and work restrictions made it impossible for him to work as a conductor during this period, so he supported himself as a piano accompanist.
  • Solti, along with record producer John Culshaw, was the recipient of the Recording Academy's first Trustees Award in 1967. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. Solti has two works in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: the complete set of his Ring cycle recordings, and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8. 
  • The Solti Foundation was created by Solti's wife and daughters after his death to provide financial support to struggling young artists. The Georg Solti Accademia was founded in 2004 to carry on Solti's legacy through music training and education.

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Georg Solti

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Nominations
Best Classical Album
Georg Solti - The Last Recording (Bartok: Cantata Profana/Kodaly: Psalmus Hungaricus/Weiner: Serenade) (Album)
Best Choral Performance
Georg Solti - The Last Recording (Bartok: Cantana Profana/Kodaly: Psalmus Hungaricus/Weiner: Serenade) (Album)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Mozart: Don Giovanni (Album)
 
Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Nominations
Best Classical Album
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Album)
 
Wins
Best Performance Of A Choral Work
Bach: Mass In B Minor
 
Nominations
Best Orchestral Performance
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 In A And 8 In F (Album)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Lohengrin
Best Chamber Music Performance
Bartók: Sonata For Two Pianos & Percussion
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Wagner: Lohengrin (Album)
Best Orchestral Recording
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 In E (Album)
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Album)
 
Wins
Best Orchestral Recording
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor (Choral) (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Mozart: The Abduction From The Seraglio (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 In A Minor (Scottish) And No. 4 In A (Italian) (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera (The Masked Ball) (Album)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
Schoenberg: Moses Und Aron
 
Nominations
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 In G Major (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D
Best Orchestral Recording
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D
Best Opera Recording
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Haydn: The Creation
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D
 
Wins
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor
 
Wins
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 In A
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Bruckner: Symphony 6 In A Major (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Brahms: Symphonies (1-4)
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Brahms: Symphonies (1-4)
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Brahms: A German Requiem
Nominations
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Holst: The Planets
 
Wins
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Nominations
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast (Album)
 
Wins
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Verdi: Requiem
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Ravel: Bolero
Nominations
Album Of The Year Classical
Ravel: Bolero/Debussy: La Mer, L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune (Album)
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Ravel: Bolero
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Nominations
Album Of The Year Classical
Bizet: Carmen (Album)
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Elgar: Symphony No 2 In E Flat Major (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Bizet: Carmen (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year, Classical
Beethoven: Symphonies (9) Complete
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphonies (9) Complete (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year, Classical
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Best Opera Recording
Puccini: La Boheme
Best Engineered Recording - Classical
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
Beethoven: Concerti (5) For Piano And Orchestra
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Beethoven: Concerti (5) For Piano And Orchestra (Album)
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Parsifal (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat (Symphony Of A Thousand)
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat (Symphony Of A Thousand)
Best Engineered Recording (Classical)
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Symphony Of A Thousand)
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Wagner: Tannhauser (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Tannhauser (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
Mozart: The Magic Flute (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 In A Minor
Best Opera Recording
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Album)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording - Classical
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
R. Strauss: Elektra (Album)
 
Wins
Trustees Awards
National Trustees Award - 1967
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor ("Resurrection") (Album)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Die Walkure
Nominations
Album Of The Year - Classical
Wagner: Die Walkuere (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Album)
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year - Classical
Verdi: Falstaff (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Verdi: Falstaff (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Siegfried (Album)
 
Wins
Best Opera Recording
Verdi: Aida
Nominations
Best Opera Recording
R. Strauss: Salome (Album)