We are unable to process transactions at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The New York Philharmonic

Update Browser

Pages don't look right?

You are using a browser that does not support the technology used on our website.

Please select a different browser or use your phone or tablet to access our site.

Download: Firefox | Chrome | Safari | Microsoft Edge

Note that Internet Explorer is no longer supported as of June 15, 2022.

We are unable to process transactions at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Biography
Emil Paur

1898–1902

b. Czernowitz (now Chernivtsi), Ukraine, August 29, 1855
d. Frýdek-Mistek, Czech Republic, June 7, 1932

Emil Paur, already a brilliant violinist and pianist, began his conducting career studying with Arthur Nikisch and Felix Mottl at the Vienna Conservatory.  By the time he was 21, he was a professional conductor in a series of increasingly important positions, including the Staatstheater Kassel and the Stadttheater Königsberg, where he conducted the German premiere of Carmen, kicking off the worldwide triumph of Bizet’s opera. After a few years at the National Theater in Mannheim, he became Arthur Nikisch’s successor at the New Theater in Leipzig in 1889.

Paur came to the United States in 1893 to follow Nikisch as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Five years later, the New York Philharmonic Society elected Paur as Anton Seidl’s successor. Emil Paur’s four-year tenure with the Philharmonic coincided with a temporary slump in its fortunes. The conservative Paur didn’t have the fiery persona of Seidl before him, and although single ticket sales did well, subscriptions were down.

His tenure as Music Director ran concurrent with his elected directorship of the National Conservatory of Music in New York (founded in 1885 by Jeannette Thurber), replacing Antonín Dvorák. Both positions terminated in 1902, at which point Paur returned to Europe temporarily. He was enticed back to America with a three-year contract at an annual salary of $10,000 to replace Victor Herbert as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Herbert had led the ensemble for the previous six years and raised its level of performance to a par with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Society. In Pittsburgh, Paur tried to introduce his compositions, conducting his own Symphony In der Natur. Unfortunately, this series of new music did not continue, and Paur had no more success in Pennsylvania than in New York. After limping through the 1909–10 season, the Pittsburgh Symphony folded. (The orchestra reformed in 1926, continuing through today.) He then returned to Germany, where he worked as an opera conductor in Berlin until his death.

Upcoming 2022-2023 Performances
×

Location: (Directions)
Price Range:
Duration:

No Concerts

×

Purchase 3 or more eligible concerts & save.

About Create Your Own Series:

Pick three (or more) concerts and and enjoy exclusive Subscriber Benefits including unlimited free ticket exchange. Ideal for concertgoers who want the ultimate in flexibility and the benefits of being a subscriber.

Subscriber Benefits:

  • Free, easy ticket exchange (available online or by phone)
  • Save on subscription concerts all year long
  • Priority notice on special events

How it Works:

  1. Look for the Create Your Own Series icon CYO eligible icon next to a concert and add it to your cart.
  2. Simply follow the directions in the shopping cart and enter promo code CREATE3 at check out.