Sokoloff, Nicolai

Sokoloff, Nicolai nyĭkəlī´ sō´kəlôf˝ [key], 1886–1965, American conductor and violinist, b. near Kiev, Russia. After studying at Yale and under Charles Martin Loeffler, he toured France and England as a violinist. He was the first conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, 1918–32 directed the Federal Music Project, 1935–38 and conducted the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 1938–40. Subsequently he directed the Musical Arts Society at La Jolla, Calif.

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