Henry Lewis

Vrai nom:
Henry Jay Lewis
Profil:
Henry Lewis (Conductor)

Born: October 16, 1932 - Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1996

The black American conductor, Henry Lewis, began studying piano at the age of five and later learned to play the clarinet as well as several string instruments. After six years as a double-bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, he played (double-bass) with and conducted (in Germany and the Netherlands) the Seventh Army Symphony while serving in the United States Armed Forces (1955-1956). After returning to the USA, he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1963 he travelled with it in Europe under the auspices of the State Department. He gained national recognition in 1961 when he was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, a post he held until 1965.

During a music career that spanned nearly five decades, Henry Lewis gained wide respect as a conductor, instrumentalist, and pioneer in the classical music world. In 1968 he became the first black to head a major American orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and in 1972 he debuted at the New York Metropolitan Opera, conducting Puccini's La Boheme.

After serving as a guest conductor of major symphony orchestras in the USA and abroad, Henry Lewis moved to Newark, New Jersey, where in 1968 he became conductor and music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a small community ensemble. He transformed the ensemble into a nationally recognized orchestra that annually performed more than a hundred concerts, including outreach programs for local communities. From 1960 to 1979 he was married to famed opera singer Marilyn Horne, who considered him her ‘teacher and right hand’. After retiring from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1976, he conducted opera and orchestra guest engagements. From 1989 to 1991 he was chief conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hilversum. He continued to tour as a guest conductor until his death from a heart attack at the age of 63.


Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Africana Website (by Roanne Edwards)
Contributed by Aryeh Oron (August 2001)
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LXT 6149 Henry Lewis - Recital illustration d'album Marilyn Horne, Lewis*, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Marilyn Horne, Lewis*, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Recital (Album) Decca LXT 6149 UK 1965 Vendre cette version
MET 309/10 Henry Lewis - Souvenir Of A Golden Era - The Sisters Garcia illustration d'album Marilyn Horne, L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Henry Lewis Marilyn Horne, L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande, Henry Lewis - Souvenir Of A Golden Era - The Sisters Garcia (Album) Decca MET 309/10 UK 1966 Vendre cette version
SXL 6345, SXL.6345 Henry Lewis - Arias From French Operas illustration d'album Marilyn Horne, Henry Lewis Marilyn Horne, Henry Lewis - Arias From French Operas Decca, Decca SXL 6345, SXL.6345 UK 1968 Vendre cette version
SPC 21039 Henry Lewis - "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 illustration d'album Beethoven* - Henry Lewis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Beethoven* - Henry Lewis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 (Album) London Records SPC 21039 Canada 1969 Vendre cette version
SXL 6349, SXL.6349 Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Bach And Handel illustration d'album Marilyn Horne / Bach* / Handel* / Henry Lewis Marilyn Horne / Bach* / Handel* / Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Bach And Handel (Album) Decca, Decca SXL 6349, SXL.6349 UK 1969 Vendre cette version
PFS 4161 Henry Lewis - Symphony No.6 In B Minor illustration d'album Tchaikovsky*, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tchaikovsky*, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Symphony No.6 In B Minor (Album) The Decca Record Company Limited PFS 4161 Spain 1968 Vendre cette version
OS 26147, OS.26147 Henry Lewis - Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonk-Lieder illustration d'album Mahler* / Wagner* - Marilyn Horne, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mahler* / Wagner* - Marilyn Horne, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonk-Lieder Decca, Decca OS 26147, OS.26147 US 1970 Vendre cette version
SPC 21056 Henry Lewis - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor illustration d'album Tchaikovsky* / Ivan Davis (2), Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tchaikovsky* / Ivan Davis (2), Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Decca SPC 21056 US 1970 Vendre cette version
SPC 21053 Henry Lewis - Also Sprach Zarathustra illustration d'album Richard Strauss - Henry Lewis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Richard Strauss - Henry Lewis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Album) London Records SPC 21053 Colombia 1970 Vendre cette version
SPC 21055 Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Carmen illustration d'album Marilyn Horne, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus*, Henry Lewis Marilyn Horne, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus*, Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Carmen London Records SPC 21055 Canada 1971 Vendre cette version
SPC 21057 DJ Henry Lewis - Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor illustration d'album Ivan Davis (2), Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Ivan Davis (2), Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor (Album) Decca SPC 21057 DJ UK 1971 Vendre cette version
PFS 4215 Henry Lewis - Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks illustration d'album Richard Strauss, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Richard Strauss, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Album) London Records PFS 4215 UK 1971 Vendre cette version
LON L 490229 Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Rossini illustration d'album Marilyn Horne / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Henry Lewis Marilyn Horne / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Henry Lewis - Marilyn Horne Sings Rossini (Album) Decca, Decca LON L 490229 US 1973 Vendre cette version
SPA 397 Henry Lewis - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks illustration d'album Richard Strauss - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Henry Lewis Richard Strauss - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Henry Lewis - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (Album) Decca SPA 397 UK 1975 Vendre cette version
ARL1-1114 Henry Lewis - La Navarraise illustration d'album Jules Massenet, Henry Lewis, Marilyn Horne, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicola Zaccaria, Ryland Davies Jules Massenet, Henry Lewis, Marilyn Horne, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicola Zaccaria, Ryland Davies - La Navarraise RCA Red Seal ARL1-1114 US 1975 Vendre cette version
M4 34340 Henry Lewis - Le Prophete illustration d'album Giacomo Meyerbeer, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto, James McCracken, John McCarthy Giacomo Meyerbeer, Henry Lewis, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto, James McCracken, John McCarthy - Le Prophete (Album) CBS Masterworks M4 34340 1976 Vendre cette version
C 04470 Sousa*, Henry Lewis Conducting The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Sousa*, Henry Lewis Conducting The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Symphonic Sousa (Album) World Cassette Club C 04470 Australia 1978 Vendre cette version
ARL1-3522 Henry Lewis - Prima Donna / Volume 5  illustration d'album Leontyne Price / Philharmonia Orchestra / Henry Lewis Leontyne Price / Philharmonia Orchestra / Henry Lewis - Prima Donna / Volume 5 (LP) RCA Red Seal ARL1-3522 US 1980 Vendre cette version
CC 7594 Henry Lewis - Piano Concerto No 1 / Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini illustration d'album Tchaikovsky* / Rachmaninoff* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Henry Lewis / London Symphony Orchestra*, Hans Vonk Tchaikovsky* / Rachmaninoff* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Henry Lewis / London Symphony Orchestra*, Hans Vonk - Piano Concerto No 1 / Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Comp) Contour Red Label CC 7594 UK 1983 Vendre cette version
VOCE-91 Henry Lewis - Cherubin illustration d'album Frederica von Stade, Ashley Putnam, Valérie Masterson, Samuel Ramey, Henry Lewis, Jules Massenet Frederica von Stade, Ashley Putnam, Valérie Masterson, Samuel Ramey, Henry Lewis, Jules Massenet - Cherubin(LP, Album) Voce VOCE-91 US 1984 Vendre cette version
RPO 8009 Henry Lewis - Gershwin Piano Concerto In F, An American In Paris illustration d'album Janis Vakarelis*, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Conducted By Henry Lewis Janis Vakarelis*, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Conducted By Henry Lewis - Gershwin Piano Concerto In F, An American In Paris RPO Records (2) RPO 8009 UK 1988 Vendre cette version
RPV 32687.89 Henry Lewis - Le Prophète illustration d'album Meyerbeer*, Marilyn Horne, Nicolai Gedda, Margherita Rinaldi, Orchestre De La Radio Télévision Italienne*, Choeurs De La Radio Télévision Italienne*, Henry Lewis Meyerbeer*, Marilyn Horne, Nicolai Gedda, Margherita Rinaldi, Orchestre De La Radio Télévision Italienne*, Choeurs De La Radio Télévision Italienne*, Henry Lewis - Le Prophète (Album) Rodolphe RPV 32687.89 France 1990 Vendre cette version
4DS 54351 Henry Lewis - Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones: Original London Cast Recording illustration d'album Oscar Hammerstein II, Bizet* - Wilhelmenia Fernandez*, Sharon Benson, Damon Evans, Michael Austin (4), Gregg Baker, Henry Lewis Oscar Hammerstein II, Bizet* - Wilhelmenia Fernandez*, Sharon Benson, Damon Evans, Michael Austin (4), Gregg Baker, Henry Lewis - Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones: Original London Cast Recording (Album) EMI Classics, EMI Classics 4DS 54351 US 1991 Vendre cette version
MFOH 10704 Henry Lewis - L'Italiana In Algeri illustration d'album Gioacchino Rossini - Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Denia Mazzola*, Gloria Banditelli, Ernesto Palacio, Domenico Trimarchi, Silvano Pagliuca, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro La Fenice, Henry Lewis Gioacchino Rossini - Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Denia Mazzola*, Gloria Banditelli, Ernesto Palacio, Domenico Trimarchi, Silvano Pagliuca, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro La Fenice, Henry Lewis - L'Italiana In Algeri(3xCD, Album, RM) Mondo Musica MFOH 10704 Europe 1999 Vendre cette version
450 103-2 Henry Lewis - Also Sprach Zarathustra · Don Juan · Till Eulenspiegel illustration d'album R. Strauss* / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Henry Lewis R. Strauss* / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Henry Lewis - Also Sprach Zarathustra · Don Juan · Till Eulenspiegel (Album) Belart 450 103-2 Europe Unknown Vendre cette version