- Robert L. Jones
Ormandy, Eugene (18 November 1899–12 March 1985), conductor, was born Jenö Blau in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Jewish parents. His father was Benjamin Blau, a dentist and amateur violinist; his mother was Rosalie Blau (her maiden name is not known with certainty, but in several accounts she is referred to as Rosalie Ormandy Blau). Named after the Hungarian violin virtuoso Jenö Hubay, the young prodigy showed musical talent at age two and seemed predestined to become a concert violinist. At the age of three, he received his first violin, which his father made sure he practiced. By age five, he was enrolled in the Royal State Academy of Music in Budapest; he studied the violin under Hubay from the age of nine. His other professors included composers ...