Violinist and conductor Sidney Harth died on February 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh. He was 85 years old. Harth served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music for seventeen years; he also led the conducting programs at Mannes College of Music, University of Texas in Houston, and the Hartt College of Music. He was the head of the music department and the Andrew W. Mellon Permanent Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. Concurrently, he was also the director of orchestral activities at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University.
Mr. Harth was the first American to receive the Laureate Prize in the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition in 1957. He served as concertmaster of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, where he was also assistant conductor. As a soloist, he performed with the major symphony orchestras of North America, Europe, South America, Russia, China, and Israel. He made a number of recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Radio and Television Orchestra.
Maestro Harth also enjoyed an active conducting career, with appointments as associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; music director of the Jerusalem and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, and principal conductor of the Natal Symphony Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.