Enrico Leide (1887-1970), a native Italian, concert cellist, music instructor, and orchestra conductor.

As a child concert cellist he toured the world and appeared with Arturo Toscanini's Orchestra. Enrico came to New York in 1907 to begin his career as a music conductor. In 1920 he came to Atlanta to conduct and opened the new Howard Theater with a 40 piece orchestra. 

 

He was music director of the palatial Paramount Theater in Atlanta upon its opening in 1920 and from 1920 to 1930 he conducted the first Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Enrico conducted at the Old Metropolitan Theater and opened the Fox Theater in 1929. From 1939 to 1945, he taught music and served as the director of the Brenau Music Conservatory in Gainesville, Georgia while serving as an instructor of languages at Oglethorpe College in Atlanta. 

 

In 1945, he returned to Italy and conducted for two years before returning to the United States, conducting the New York Philharmonic from 1947 to 1949.  Enrico later served as the head of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York from 1950 to 1966. 

He was the brother of violinist and composer Manoah Leide-Tedesco.

In 1969 he published The Down Beat is Up. An Essay on Music and Its Practitioners. P.S. Is Music Art?

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