The academy gave me a grounding in discipline and hard work that has sustained me throughout my life, and the lessons I learned there I now try to impress on young people.
More Quotes from Georg Solti:Although both sides of my family were religious, I was never forced to practice the Jewish faith. I did not really rebel against it, but then, as today, I disliked organized religion. I have a strange inhibition about praying with others.
The experience awakened 'my tremendous musical ambition, which has never subsided to this day.
My entire learning process is slow, because I have no visual memory.
I wanted to get away from my past and everything connected with it.
I would never have become music director of the Chicago Symphony, which would have been an extremely sad loss.
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