December 22, 1901
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
First piano lesson, age 6
St. Petersburg, Russia
Bolshevik Revolution. Father leaves for Finland. Mother, sisters and brother go south to Kislovodsk. Remains alone in St. Petersburg, now called Petrograd.
Pianist for Alexander Aslanof studio
and Kislovodsk Opera
Returns to Petrograd and begins studies
at the Petrograd Conservatory
July 15, 1920 – February 1, 1922
Assistant conductor and coach at Mariinsky Opera
Emigrates to America.
Rejoins family in New York City.
First public performance in NYC at Manhattan Opera House as accompanist for singer Helen Stanley.
Begins working with manager Arthur Judson for Columbia Artist Management
Becomes US citizen. Begins working with the
Atlantic Broadcasting Company.
Becomes conductor of the CBS Orchestra
Meets Lily Pons
Broadcasts Kostelanetz Presents
Begins the Chesterfield Radio Program. First recording with RCA Victor (2 records)
Conducts RKO film score for I Dream Too Much
Conducts RKO film score That Girl from Paris
Conducts RKO film Hitting a New High and performs with his Orchestra in RKO film Artists and Models
Conducts Coca-Cola Programs with CBS Orchestra
Marries Lily Pons
July 17. 1939
Conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium
Performs with his Orchestra in film
Music in My Heart
Begins commissions of American music
by American composers
Approaches Pentagon with establishing a conductor/pianist unit for Armed Forces with Oscar Levant. Commissions Aaron Copland to compose A Lincoln Portrait and Jerome Kern to compose his Mark Twain Suite
Commissions Paul Creston to compose Frontiers.
Begins USO tours overseas.
Moves into 10 Gracie Square, New York City
Signs first contract with the New York Philharmonic and begins his “Special Concerts”
March 7, 1954
Appearance on CBS TV series What’s My Line
as "Mystery Guest"
Three appearances on CBS TV series
Toast of the Town
Commissions William Schuman to compose New England Triptych and Ferde Grofé to compose Hudson River Suite
May 29, 1963
Begins “Promenade” concerts with New York Philharmonic
Commissions Alan Hovhaness to compose
And God Created Whales.
August 18, 1979
Last New York Philharmonic “Promenade” concert
December 31, 1979
Last performance conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
January 13, 1980
Dies in Port-au-Prince, Hait
October 11, 1980
New York Philharmonic plays
A Tribute to Andre Kostelanetz