November 18, 1899: Birthdate of Conductor Eugene Ormandy. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Ormandy was a child prodigy. He began playing the violin at the age of 4 and entered the Royal Academy at the age of 5. Ormandy’s father dreamed of his son becoming a great violinist. So he was disappointed when Ormandy pursued a career that would lead him to become one of the world’s greatest conductors. For most of his career, Ormandy was the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This was no small accomplishment since he was following in the footsteps of the world-renowned Arturo Toscanini. He passed away in 1985.
Pictured here is a postage stamp issued by the United States honoring Ormandy.