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Barati, George (real name, György Baráti)

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Barati, George (real name, György Baráti), Hungarian-born American cellist, conductor, and composer; b. Gyôr, April 3, 1913. After initial training at the Györ Music School (graduated, 1932), he studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (graduated, 1935; teacher’s diploma, 1937; artist diploma, 1938); he also was a member of the Budapest Concert Orch. (1933–36) and first cellist of the Budapest Sym. Orch. and Municipal Opera orch. (1936–38). In 1939 he emigrated to the U.S., becoming a naturalized citizen in 1944; he studied composition with Georges Couvreur and Henri Switten at Westminster Choir Coll. in Princeton, N.J. (1938–39), and with Sessions at Princeton Univ. (1939–43). He played cello in the Pro Ideale (later Westminster) String Quartet (1936–39), then taught at Princeton Univ. (1939–43). He also conducted the Princeton Ensemble and Choral Union (1941–43) and the Alexandria (La.) Military Sym. Orch. (1944–46). He was a cellist in the San Francisco Sym. Orch. and the Calif. String Quartet (1946–50); he also was music director of the Barati Chamber Orch. of San Francisco (1948–52). From 1950 to 1968 he was music director of the Honolulu Sym. Orch. and Opera, leaving to become executivedirector of the Montalvo Center for the Arts and conductor of the Montalvo Chamber Orch. in Saratoga, Calif. (1968–78). From 1971 to 1980 he was music director of the Santa Cruz County Sym. Orch. in Aptos, Calif.; he then was music director of the Barati Ensemble (1989–92). In 1991 the George Barati Archive was opened at the Univ. of Calif, at Santa Cruz Library. In 1959 he received the Naumburg Award, in 1962 the Alice M. Ditson Award, and in 1965–66 a Guggenheim fellowship. As a composer, Barati writes fine music in a modern European tradition. During his stay in Hawaü, he studied native melodic and rhythmic patterns of exotic South Sea islands, and these found reflection in some of his works of the period.

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