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Ľudovít Rajter Photo: Tomáš Vyskočil

Ľudovít Rajter

(30. 7. 1906 Pezinok – 6. 7. 2000 Bratislava)


classical music: composition, conducting

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1915 – 1920 Town School of Music in Bratislava (Alexander Albrecht) 
1916 – 1924 secondary grammar school in Bratislava 
1920 – 1924 studies at the School of Music for Slovakia in Bratislava (piano – Frico Kafenda, violoncello – R. Rupník) 
1924 – 1929 Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (composition – Franz Schmidt, J. Marx, conducting – C. Krauss, A. Wunderer, violoncello – F. Buxbaum) 
1929 – 1933 taught the theory of music and violoncello playing at the Town School of Music in Bratislava
1929 – 1933 assistant to C. Krauss at Master Courses in Salzburg
1930 – 1932 studies of composition at the Master School of the F. Liszt University of Music in Budapest (Ernő Dohnányi) 
1934 conductor of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra in Budapest
1935 – 1945 the first conductor of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra in Budapest 
1936 Doctor honoris causa (College of Music New York)
1938 – 1945 taught chamber music and orchestral practice at the F. Liszt University of Music in Budapest as a special professor and from 1941 as a full professor 
1943 co-founder of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Budapest
1946 – 1949 conductor-in-chief of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava 
1949 – 1974 teacher of conducting and chamber music at the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava; from 1951 principal teacher of a conducting class; from 1964 dozent 
1949 – 1976 co-founder and the first conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic 
1966 led conducting master courses at the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg 
1968 – 1969 permanent guest conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Basel 
1968 – 1977 again, conductor-in-chief of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
1983 – 1992 regularly participated in meetings of the Slovak Young Musicians as conductor of the Slovak Young Musicians Orchestra  
1991 appointed honorary conductor-in-chief for life of Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Szombathelyi 
1991 appointed professor of conducting, in the context of rehabilitation proceedings 
1994 head of master courses in conducting in Orvieto (Italy)
1999 honorable chief-conducter of the Slovak Philharmonic
2000 honorable member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts

"In the field of composition he represents a style that is distinctive in the Slovak musical milieu. The roots of his work are in the Viennese and Budapestian compositional school (F. Schmidt, E. Dohnányi, B. Bartók, A. Albrecht). His music is characterised by originality within the framework of traditional rules, broad perspective in form and harmony, concentration, equilibrium of the rational and emotional elements, and a sense of humour and lyricism. His compositional language reaches its highest degree of concentration and purity in the chamber works of his later creative period."

(RAJTEROVÁ, Alžbeta: Ľudovít Rajter. In: 100 slovenských skladateľov (100 Slovak Composers). Ed. Marián Jurík, Peter Zagar. Bratislava : Národné hudobné centrum, 1998, p. 234.)

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