- Kenneth Morgan
Mitropoulos, Dimitri (01 March 1896–02 November 1960), conductor, pianist, and composer, was born in Athens, Greece, the son of Jean Mitropoulos, a leather merchant, and Angeliki Anagnostopoulos. He was musically precocious and began to play the piano at the age of seven. He studied at the Athens Conservatory of Music, where Ludwig Wassenhoven taught him piano and Armand Marsick taught him composition. After fighting on the Bulgarian front during World War I, Mitropoulos returned to the conservatory and graduated in piano in 1918 and in composition in 1920. During these early years Mitropoulos composed several songs to Greek and French texts, a symphonic poem entitled ...