Alfred Wallenstein

born on 7/10/1898 in Chicago, IL, United States

died on 8/2/1983 in New York City, NY, United States

Alfred Wallenstein

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Alfred Wallenstein (October 7, 1898 – February 8, 1983) was an American cellist and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 17, he joined the San Francisco Symphony as a cellist. He subsequently played cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before becoming principal cello of the New York Philharmonic under Arturo Toscanini in 1929. He frequently performed with these orchestras as a soloist.

Toscanini, also a cellist, advised Wallenstein to become a conductor. He conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and then conducted frequently on the radio. From 1943 to 1956, he was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He later taught at the Juilliard School in New York, where he died in 1983 at age 84.

In 1941, Wallenstein was given a personal Peabody Award for Outstanding Entertainment in Music.[1]

He was a descendant of Albrecht von Wallenstein.



  • Alfred Wallenstein at All Music Guide
  • Lyman, Darryl. Great Jews in Music, J. D. Publishers, 1986. p. 235f.
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