Most of the great conductors were/are in fact string players, not pianists.
Szell, Walter, Solti and Bernstein were pianists, and Stokowski was an
organist (his first job in the US was as organist for St. Bart's Church in
Manhattan). Most of the rest were string players. Munch was a
concertmaster under Furtwaengler. Toscanini and Barbirolli were cellists.
Koussevitzsky was a bass fiddle virtuoso. Ormandy was the most famous
violin student of Hubay, Szigeti's teacher.
On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 4:42 AM, Nick Morgan <
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> I suppose most conductors trained before orchestral recording became
> widespread must have been able to - does anyone know of any that couldn't?
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labette, Soprano with string quartette: The
> Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> I recently came across a record by Dora Labette with Beecham at the piano;
> never realized he could play the piano.