Obituary: conductor and teacher Louis Lane, 92

Posted on: February 18, 2016

“Louis Lane, a noted conducting teacher and longtime member and former resident conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, died Monday at his home in Bratenahl, where he had lived alone,” writes Zachary Lewis in Tuesday’s (2/16) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “He was 92.… Lane’s long career in Northeast Ohio began in 1947, when he was appointed apprentice conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra by then-music director George Szell…He later was promoted to assistant, associate, and eventually, in 1970, resident conductor, all the while absorbing and embodying Szell’s meticulous habits and insistence on clarity. From 1947 to 1961, he also served as the orchestra’s pianist and principal keyboardist.” Lane was an instructor at Cleveland Institute of Music, and “legions of former students, many of them now professional musicians, filled social media channels Tuesday with colorful anecdotes, personal photos of Lane, and expressions of gratitude.” In a statement, Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Andre Gremillet praised Lane’s “dedication to contemporary music and to education.” Lane also served as music director of the Akron (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra during the 1950s and 1960s, and had “a long association” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

Posted February 18, 2016