Maestro Manoah Leide-Tedesco was born in Florence, Italy. His Tuscan family background included famous scholars, artists, scientists and patriots. This distinguished family history also included Senators of the Italian Republic and a Prime Minister (World War I). He received his American citizenship in 1932.
He completed his academic and artistic education in Italy. His post-graduate work was completed in Czechoslovakia (1925-31) where he received his Doctorate in Sociology and Philology (the study of literature, historical and comparative linguistics and their relationship to mankind's cultural history). He also mastered six languages including his native Italian, as well as English, Spanish, French, German and Russian.
His academic experience included teaching positions at the University of Tulane; the University of Ohio; Illinois State University; the University of Minnesota; Columbia University; and New York University.
Portrait of Manoah and Regina Leide-Tedesco
by Emanuel Romano
Maestro Manoah Leide-Tedesco, composer and conductor, was among the distinguished European musicians of a generation. Educated at the University of Naples, his musical training was from the very beginning imparted by several of the greatest living masters including Pizzetti pere, Karel Jirak and Joseph Suk. His musical experience was invaluably enriched by his personal contacts with such musical figures as Richard Strauss, Vincent d'Indy and Felix Weingartner.
From 1922-1932 he conducted many of the leading symphony orchestras of Central Europe including the Philharmonics of Prague, Vienna and Pressburg. During this time he was entrusted with many of the first performances of the works of Ravel, De Falla and Pizzetti. While in Czechoslovakia, Mr. Leide-Tedesco was a guest of President Masaryk at his summer seat, an honor shared among foreign musicians only with d'Indy, Mascagni and Huberman.
Maestro Leide-Tedesco conducted the New Chamber Symphony of New York City from 1932-1935. The first performances of his own compositions were broadcast during this time over the N.B.C. chain from Rockefeller Center.
Actively Involved American Citizen, Internationally Renowned
Maestro Leide-Tedesco became a US citizen in 1932. He served with the United States Government for a period of ten years (1935-1945). During this time he was appointed Chairman of Cultural Programs, United States 'Office of Education and later with the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Mr. Nelson Rockefeller. He has also held positions with the United States Department of State and the Institute of International Understanding. During this ten-year period, he traveled throughout forty-five states and Latin America lecturing to aggregate audiences of 100,000 each year. For his untiring efforts he received official recognition from the State Departments of the United States and Mexico and endorsements from such notables as Dr. A. W. Cordier, then Under Secretary General of the United Nations; Dr. J. W. Studebaker, former United States Commissioner of Education; Mons. B. Paolazzi, Rector of Saint Marc's in Venice; Dr. C. Curcio, Commissiner of Education in Rome; and United States leaders of both parties.
In 1958, through his drive in the press and with assistance of members of the United States Congress, Maestro Leide-Tedesco was successful in changing a U.S. Government Provision regarding immigration which affected hundreds of families abroad. He was a constant contributor to the American and European press, carrying forward the cause of U.S. idealism. His artistic contributions have been recognized internationally.
He was been invited to participate at the Venice International Festival of the Arts (Biennial). The City of Verona presented him with their highest award, the Gold Medal for Artistic Achievements in April of 1961, a distinction previously received by Dr. Alexander Fleming. Verona again honored him in 1967 for his "cultural achievements".
Avid, World Traveled Art Collector and Patron
Throughout his life manoah demonstrated not only his own creative talents and abilities, but his great appreciation of the artistry of others as well. His keen insight and knowledge of the cultural arts was well known and sought by many art patrons across the world.
His critical eye and extensive international contacts allowed him to amass an enormous collection of art, music and literature that would be the envy of any fine museum, academy or institution. With his beloved wife Regina he traveled the world in search of great cultural treasures -- and from their beautiful cottage home located in the art community of Colorado Springs, Colorado, many times the world came to him. As a friend to many fine artists, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and world leaders, manoah Leide-Tedesco entertained and corresponded with them all.