Albert Coates (musician)

Albert Coates (musician)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Albert Coates

Img_size = 180
Background = classical_ensemble
Born = April 23, 1882
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died = December 11, 1953 (age 71)
Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa
Genre = Classical
Occupation = Conductor, composer
Years_active =
Associated_acts = London Symphony Orchestra
Rochester Philharmonic

Albert Coates (April 23, 1882 – December 11, 1953) was an Anglo-Russian conductor and composer.

Coates was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the youngest of seven sons of an English father and a Russian mother.

He studied at the conservatory in Leipzig, where his greatest teacher was Artur Nikisch. He worked for a time at Semperoper Dresden, and became conductor at Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. He escaped with considerable difficulty from Russia in April 1919.

He made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1914 with Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde". Dynamic in his approach and especially successful in Russian music, he introduced many new works to audiences, including pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and Alexander Scriabin, and, perhaps most notably, led the first complete London public performance of "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.

In the 1920s and early 1930s he frequently worked with the London Symphony Orchestra. He made important early contributions to the representation of orchestral music on the gramophone, beginning in 1920 with Scriabin's "Poème de l'Extase" and afterwards conducting many excerpts from Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" and (in 1925) the complete "Symphony No. 9" of Beethoven. He was the conductor for the 1930 premiere recording of Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor", with Vladimir Horowitz as soloist.

In 1925 he gave the first stage performance outside Russia of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "The Invisible City of Kitezh".

His compositions include the operas "Samuel Pepys" and "Pickwick", a piano concerto and a symphonic poem "The Eagle", dedicated to the memory of his former teacher Artur Nikisch, which was performed in Leeds in 1925. In 1946 he settled in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa, where he died in 1953.

Albert Coates was no relation to Eric Coates, the English light music composer, or to the tenor singer John Coates.

External links

*allmusic|41:75007|Albert Coates
* [ Albert Coates] at the Bach Cantatas Website

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