Ansermet, Ernest

BORN 11 Nov 1883, Vevey, Vaud - DIED 20 Feb 1969, Genève
GRAVE LOCATION Genève, Genève: Cimetière de Plainpalais, Rue des Rois (D-390)

Ernest Ansermet studied music as well as mathematics and worked as a mathematics professor at the University of Lausanne. In 1912 he started conducting at the Casino in Montreux and from 1915 until 1923 he was the conductor of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

In France he met Debussy and Ravel and during the First World War he met Stravinsky in Switzerland. In 1918 he started the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and with this orchestra he toured in Europe and in the USA. After the Second World War he made many recordings for Decca Records. He didn't like the alterations Stravinsky made to his works and always performed the original versions. He disapproved of the twelve-tone techniques used by Schoenberg and his followers. During his last years he made recordings of works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.

Related persons
• knew Debussy, Claude
• cooperated with Diaghilev, Sergei
• knew Stravinsky, Igor


The grave of Ernest Ansermet at the Cimetière de Plainpalais, Genève.
Picture by Androom (06 Dec 2007)


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Published: 20 Jun 2008
Last update: 16 May 2020