Born in Hompolec, near Prague, Czechoslovakia, Josef Stransky had a notable European and American career as a conductor, and after his retirement from music, as an art collector and dealer. Stransky attended the Universities of Prague, Leipzig and Vienna. From 1898 to 1903 he was conductor of the Royal Opera in Prague; for the following seven years he conducted the Hamburg opera and symphony. After conducting in Dresden, Berlin, and elsewhere in Europe, he became the conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1911 and remained there for 12 years. After a brief association with the then new State Symphony Orchestra of New York, Mr. Stransky retired from music in 1924 and devoted his time to art. He acted as a collector as well as a dealer, and had a loose association with the firm of Wildenstein & Co. In 1912 Stransky married Marie Johanna Doxrud, a soprano soloist at St. Bartholomew's Protestant Episcopal church in New York; they had no children.
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