Grzegorz Fitelberg (18 October 1879 – 10 June 1953) was a Polish conductor, violinist and composer. He was a member of the
Młoda Polska group, together with artists such as
Ludomir Różycki and
Fitelberg was born into a Jewish family (father Hozjasz Fitelberg, mother Matylda Pintzof, sister Leja Wacholder, 1881—1941, died in the Holocaust)
Russian Empire (now
Latvia). In 1908 he conducted in the Warsaw Opera, in 1912 in the Vienna Opera. During the
first war he collaborated with
Ballets Russes; he conducted the first performance of
Igor Stravinsky. From 1921 to 1934 he was the chief conductor of the
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, where he excessively promoted new music. In 1935 he organized the
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He died in
Poland in June 1953.
His son was the Polish-American composer
Jerzy Fitelberg, who predeceased him.
The Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, one of the most important music competitions in Poland, takes place in the
Silesian Philharmonic since 1979.