Munch was borne in Strasbourg, France, in 1891. It should come as no surprise that his education began in Strasbourg and did not end there, in Strasbourg. His education first embraced Paris and then Berlin. He returned to Strasbourg and taught violin. In 1926, he was given the post of assistant conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Liepzig. He left the Gewandhaus Orchestra, in 1932, to conduct the Lamoureux Orchestra, France. This post, he left in 1935, to found and conduct the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra. During the German occupation of Paris in World War II, he conducted the orchestra of the Paris Conservatoire. The concerts benefited the French Underground, for Munch donated whatever they earned from the concerts to it. He was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1962. His memoirs are recounted in Je suis chef-d'orchestre (I Am a Conductor, 1954). Munch died in 1968.