Pianist, composer, and conductor, Dimitris Mitropoulos belongs in the pantheon of Greek musicians. He holds a gold medal from the Athens Conservatory for his skill as a pianist, a distinction that has been attributed very few times. Because of his formidable music education, he reached the position of conductor at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He died with his baguette in his hand during the rehearsals of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony with the orchestra of La Scala of Milan. He was just 64 years old.