Leinsdorf was the Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1955. Erich Leinsdorf – Perfectionist, Pioneer and Pedagogue, the two-part series that celebrates the centenary year (2012) of the great conductor and educator, airs Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12 p.m. (pt. 1) and Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. (pt. 2) on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1. Leinsdorf was the Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1955.
In Erich Leinsdorf – Perfectionist, Pioneer and Pedagogue, distinguished artists and others who worked with him share stories of his legacy as a perfectionist conductor of operas, orchestral music and concertos, a passionate educator of performing musicians, and a devoted advocate of an enormously wide-ranging arena of composers. Gunther Schuller, Phyllis Curtin, Marilyn Horne, Joseph Silverstein, Vic Firth, John Oliver, Henry Fogel, Dan Gustin, Anthony Fogg, Deborah Borda, Costa Pilavachi and Michael Skinner recall Maestro Leinsdorf's powerful impact at the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Centre and the New York Philharmonic. Maestro Leinsdorf himself is heard speaking about the interpretation and also the teaching of some repertoire for which he became especially celebrated and revered.