Hugo Fiorato, 97, a former child prodigy who became the conductor of the New York City Ballet and one of its most enduring influences, died last Monday in Boston.
His death was confirmed by a stepson, Jonathan Scott.
Mr. Fiorato, who was with the City Ballet for 56 years, was a figure of continuity surpassed only by George Balanchine, who founded it in 1948 with Mr. Fiorato's mentor, conductor Leon Barzin.
Mr. Fiorato held almost every job the company had to offer, starting as its first concertmaster in 1948. "I was concertmaster, librarian; I did everything except sweep the floors," he once told an interviewer. "It was wonderful to be there in those early days."