Coates, Albert. (1882–1953)
"To the wonder orchestra" - Signed Photograph
Signed doubleweight photograph of the English conductor and composer, who has inscribed "To the wonder [?!] orchestra / Albert Coates / N.Y. 1932." Small crease to lower right corner, else very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
Born to English parents living in Russia, Albert Coates studied music throughout Europe before beginning his career as a conductor in German opera houses. He was appointed chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1919, serving in the post for four years. Best remembered for his work as a conductor of opera and Russian repertory, Coates was also a composer in his own right, having written seven operas.