- A listing of the Principal Musicians of the Cleveland
Orchestra with short biographical notes and photographs.
This listing is contained on this webpage, as shown below.
A Listing of Cleveland Orchestra Principal Musicians
This page of the www.stokowski.org site seeks to list all the Principal, or
first-chair musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra since its inception
in 1918. The principal conductors or Music Directors of the
Cleveland Orchestra are also featured. With each musician, I have
tried to reconstruct a short biography or each musician's
Also, where possible I have included a photograph of the musician.
The Cleveland Orchestra opened its first 1918-1919 season on
December 11, 1918 with a performance at Grays Armory
122. Grays Armory had been the usual
location for visiting orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony
and the Philadelphia Orchestra. For this first concert,
the Orchestra fielded 54 players 1.
By the 1921-1922 season, the Cleveland Orchestra
had increased to 87 musicians 6.
Grays Armory, location of the Cleveland Orchestra Concerts in its first season
After the Grays Armory, in October 1919, the Cleveland Orchestra
moved to the Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland. The orchestra
continued to present its Cleveland concerts in the Masonic
Auditorium until 1931. Meanwhile, the
construction of Severance Hall, a new home for the Cleveland Orchestra
was planned in 1928 and 1929. Ground breaking for Severance Hall
was begun by John Severance (1863-1936), one of the key financiers of
the hall along with Dudley S. Blossom (1879-1938) on November 14, 1929
Severance Hall as planned in 1929
The Cleveland Orchestra performed its first concert
in Severance Hall on February 5, 1931.
Cleveland Orchestra Music Directors
1918-1933 Nikolai Sokoloff
Nikolai Sokoloff in the 1920s in Cleveland
Nikolai Sokoloff was born in Kiev, then in Russia, now the capital of the
Ukraine probably on May 26, 1886 (not May 26, 1885 or May 28, 1886 as
Sokoloff sometimes gave the date on various official documents.
Somewhat like Leopold Stokowski, Nikolai Sokoloff seems to have varied
the dates and other biographical details he provided during his career,
perhaps depending on his intended effect.) Nikolai Sokoloff first
studied violin with his musician father, Gregory Sokoloff. At a young
age, probably about 10, Nikolai played violin with the Kiev Municipal
Orchestra, which his father conducted 7. Nikolai
Sokoloff emigrated with his family to the US in the summer of 1901
going first to Boston and then to Westport, Connecticut.
In Connecticut, he studied with teachers from Yale University 7.
Sokoloff studied violin in New Haven, and music with
Charles Martin Loeffler in Boston. Nikolai Sokoloff
was in the first violin section of the Boston Symphony beginning at age 18
for three seasons, 1904-1907. During 1910-1912, studied violin in
France, where he met Vincent d’Indy and studied with Eugene Ysaÿe in
France. Sokoloff played in a regional orchestra in Manchester, England.
Returning to the US, Nikolai Sokoloff was Concertmaster of the
Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York
for the 1912-1913 season under Modest Altschuler. Sokoloff was also
assistant conductor to Altschuler, the founder and conductor of the
Russian Symphony. In 1916, Nikolai Sokoloff went to San Francisco
to join a string quartet. In 1917-1918, Nikolai
Sokoloff was in France during World War 1, seeking to aid by music the
allied cause. After the war, at the end of the San Francisco Symphony
1918-1919 season under Music Director
,there was reported dissention by some San Francisco Symphony
musicians, who organized the "People's Philharmonic Orchestra"
4. They invited Nikolai Sokoloff to be their conductor.
This group played during the summer of 1919, but meanwhile, the San Francisco
Orchestra directors raised money and hired new musicians to replace the
defectors. The People's Philharmonic Orchestra tried to continue with
Max Bendix (1866-1945), long term Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony
as their conductor, presenting popular concerts in San Francisco, but
eventually failed 4. Just before this venture, Nikolai
Sokoloff, who had been searching widely for an orchestra, had met
Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869-1950), impresario and founder of Cleveland's
Musical Arts Association.
Adella Prentiss Hughes (1869-1950)
Hughes, Sokoloff and the association
intended to create a symphony orchestra to replace the series of visiting
orchestras that Adella Prentiss Hughes had been bringing to Cleveland.
The orchestra was to provide concerts and to improve musical education
in Cleveland. Nikolai Sokoloff and Adella Prentiss Hughes hired
musicians and Sokoloff organized the initial season of the Cleveland Orchestra
in 1918-1919. Continuously building, Nikolai Sokoloff conducted the
Cleveland Orchestra for fifteen seasons, 1918-1933. During his tenure,
Nikolai Sokoloff was also an early conductor of recordings of a complete
symphony orchestra by the acoustic recording process. Given the limit
of about 4 minutes for each 78 RPM recorded side, all these performances
were heavily cut as was usual for that period. For Brunswick, Sokoloff and
the Cleveland Orchestra recorded Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture on January 23, 1924
(Brunswick 12 inch - 30 cm disk 7850047). In May, 1924, during another acoustic
recording session, they recorded Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
(Brunswick) and the Saint-Saëns Danse macabre (two sides of Brunswick 50089).
In October, 1924, still acoustically, Sokoloff and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded
the Brahms Hungarian Dance no 5 (Brunswick 15092), and the third movement of the Brahms
Symphony no 5 (Brunswick 50053). On the other side of the Brahms was the
first recording of Sibelius's Finlandia (cut to one side; four minutes, versus
the seven minutes usual with this work), also recorded October, 1924 at the end
of the acoustic recording era. Sokoloff's programs during his
Cleveland tenure were adventurous, and critics found his conducting vigorous and
exciting. However, the critic William Osborne summarizing Sokoloff's programming
wrote: "...During his fifteen-year tenure Sokoloff slighted the classical and early
romantic standards in favor of works by late romantic and neo-romantic Frenchmen and
Russians..." 10. Following his Cleveland tenure,
during the Great Depression, Nikolai Sokoloff was 1935-1937, the Administrator of
the Federal Music Project, part of the Work Projects Administration, a Roosevelt
program to increase employment. Nikolai Sokoloff resigned from the Federal
Music Project in May 1939 8, and by autumn, became Music Director of the
Seattle Symphony for three seasons, 1938-1941. In La Jolla, California,
Nikolai Sokoloff founded the La Jolla Musical Arts Society Orchestra in the
1941 9. Sokoloff continued to conduct the group, which also commissioned
new works until the end of the 1961-1962 season. Nikolai Sokoloff
died in La Jolla (suburban San Diego), California September 25, 1965.
If Nikolai Sokoloff was not among the handful of greatest orchestral conductors
of the twentieth century, still he was an inspired organizer who built the
Cleveland Orchestra into an ensemble capable of performing with distinction
the full breadth of the symphonic repertoire. He also expanded the symphony's
work in new contemporary works and saw the Cleveland Orchestra into its new
home in Severance Hall.
WPA Orchestras or Federal Music Project Orchestras
As part of the efforts of President Roosevelt to combat the unemployment
resulting from the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Works Progress
Administration (WPA) was funded by Congress with passage in 1935.
Within the WPA, the Federal Music Project (FMP) Orchestras In July,
1935, Nikolai Sokoloff was appointed director of the Federal Music Project
11. The Federal Music Project sponsored a variety of musical
activities, including musical instruction, and the investigation of folk music,
including by Charles Seeger, the father of folk musician Peter Seeger
11. The FMP organized and funded regional orchestras,
primarily in Boston, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los
Angeles,8. These regional orchestras provided employment
for orchestra musicians at a time when funding for professional groups had
dried up. A number of famed orchestral musicians participated.
For example, Modest Altschuler became conductor of WPA Federal Symphony
number 1 of Los Angeles 12. Thaddeus Rich, former
Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted a WPA Orchestra in
Philadelphia 14. Nathan Abas, Concertmaster of the San
Francisco Symphony in the 1931-1932 season played in and conducted the
San Francisco-based WPA orchestra. Jacques Gordon, Concertmaster of
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was Concertmaster of the Chicago-based WPA
Orchestra 1936-1939, and of the WPA supported Hartford Symphony Orchestra
15. Reading the correspondence of the Federal Music
Project, it is evident that Nikolai Sokoloff experienced the personal
and political in-fighting that might be expected from an organization
dispensing monies to competing groups, musical and non-musical.
Nikolai Sokoloff resigned as Director of the Federal Music Project in
May 1939 8.
1933-December 1942 (listed for the 1942-1943 season)
The gifted conductor Artur Rodzinski seems to have been the living
embodiment of the old cliché that "all conductors are
paranoid". This emotional condition also seems to
have increased as his success increased, rather than being
assuaged. Artur Rodzinski was born January 2, 1892 in
Split, Dalmatia 47 (where Franz von Suppé, 1819-1895,
was also born). Split (sometimes Spalato), was then part of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire, and is now part of Croatia. Rodzinski's
parents, an army surgeon father and a pianist mother, soon returned
to Lvov, Poland, where Artur was raised 46. In 1917,
Rodzinski served in the Austrian Army during World War 1 and was
wounded. He then went to Vienna, earning a law degree, and
studying part-time, but not to a diploma level 47, at
the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, (successor to
the Vienna Conservatory) with its Director, Joseph Marx (1882-1964)
and with Franz Schreker (1878-1934). Artur Rodzinski also
studied conducting with Franz Schalk (1863-1931), and piano with
Emil von Sauer (1862-1942) 46. Returning to Lvov,
in about 1920, Rodzinski was a cabaret pianist and local choral
director, where he also had opportunities to conduct 47.
His first professional opportunity was conducting the Lvov
Opera in late 1920 in a performance of Verdi's Ernani. In
1921, Rodzinski conducted the Warsaw Philharmonic and, due in part to his
availability, Rodzinski quickly became first conductor at the Warsaw
Opera 47. In 1925, Leopold Stokowski met Rodzinski
and invited him to Philadelphia to work with him, but without title.
In 1926, Rodzinski was a guest conductor with the Philadelphia
Orchestra, and later that year, Stokowski appointed Rodzinski as
Assistant Conductor in Philadelphia. During 1926-1929, Rodzinski
also taught conducting at the Curtis Institute, where his first wife
Ilse also taught piano. 1929-1933, Rodzinski was Music Director
of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was released in 1933, so
he could move to Cleveland. Rodzinski was succeeded in Los Angeles
by Otto Klemperer. Rodzinski then had a long, and somewhat stormy
run as Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, 1933-1943.
Artur Rodzinski in 1943
During Rodzinski's Cleveland years, critics found the Cleveland Orchestra improved
each year, although with associated turmoil. During his tenure, Rodzinski
replaced 130 musicians, and seemingly without any attempt to lessen the effect
on the community of each firing. In Cleveland, Rodzinski expanded
not only the orchestra, but also the repertoire. Through negotiation
in Moscow in the summer of 1935, Rodzinski gained the rights to the US premier
of Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This became part
of a series of staged operas Rodzinski produced with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Rodzinski also began a series of successful Cleveland Orchestra
recordings with Columbia Records between December 1939 and February 1942,
some of which are still available on CD. In many ways, the Cleveland
Orchestra years may have been the most productive and successful period of
Rodzinski's career. Contemporary correspondence from Rodzinski during
the 1930s suggests, however, that his primary ambition was to become Chicago
Symphony Music Director. Rodzinski also developed a relationship with the New
York Philharmonic. 1934-1937, Rodzinski was a frequent guest conductor
in New York. In 1936 and 1937, when Rodzinski conducted at Vienna and
Salzburg, Toscanini was impressed by Rodzinski's rehearsal technique.
This relationship with Toscanini may have been aided by Rodzinski's speaking
Italian well. In 1937, at Arturo Toscanini's request, Rodzinski was
appointed to recruit and train the musicians into a cohesive new NBC Symphony
Orchestra 50. Rodzinski by then had developed a deserved
reputation as a orchestra builder; Rodzinski had an expert judgment as to
the best-performing musicians. After cultivating New York since 1934,
in December, 1942, Rodzinski became Music Director (a new title which had
not been given to his predecessors, including Toscanini) of the
New York Philharmonic succeeding John Barbirolli (Sir John from 1949).
In New York, Rodzinski continued to show an openness to contemporary
music. He was also well-received for his clean and unmannered
performances. At this same time, when Frederick Stock died in 1942,
the Chicago Symphony's first choice as his successor was Artur
Rodzinski. Correspondence indicates that Rodzinski was
interested. However, because Rodzinski was now Music Director
of the New York Philharmonic, he was not available.
In New York, Rodzinski continued to show a
hot-headed side, writing scathing letters to those whom he believed had
slighted him 55. This, as well as his famous revolver in
his back pocket during conducting added to his image as being not only difficult,
but rather paranoid. For orchestras, this would develop into a conflicting
choice between the great musical inspiration engendered by Rodzinski's conducting,
versus the destructive tendencies of his conduct and relations with the Boards of
his orchestras and with his musicians. During Rodzinski's New York years,
Rodzinski clashed with the orchestra (dismissing 14 musicians,
including five Principals in his first season)
and with management. There were difficulties in re-negotiating
Rodzinski's New York contract.  In any case, Rodzinski's high-strung nature
caused him to resign from the New York Philharmonic in February, 1947, without
completing the 1946-1947 season 49. Bruno Walter stepped in to
fulfill Rodzinski's New York obligations. When Désiré Defauw departed
Chicago, Artur Rodzinski was immediately offered, and accepted the Music
Director position with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. So, later in
1947, and through the 1947-1948 season, Rodzinski was Music Director of
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. However, Rodzinski continued to
have clashes in Chicago with the Board and the orchestra, and his
contract was not renewed for the 1948-1949 season.
After Chicago, Rodzinski's career never again reached its earlier promise.
Leaving Chicago, Rodzinski became a traveling guest conductor,
but with progressively deteriorating health. In November, 1948,
he suffered a heart attack in London. Then, except for a 1949
Los Angeles engagement, Rodzinski cancelled all conducting until a
single 1949-1950 season as head of the Havana Symphony Orchestra. After
the Havana orchestra disbanded the next season, Rodzinski guest-conducted
in South America. In the three seasons 1951-1954, Rodzinski
performed frequently in Italy, including his 1951 debut at La Scala,
Milan 46. During 1955-1957, in spite of progressively
increasing health problems, Rodzinski performed extensively for
R.A.I. Italian radio. Rodzinski returned to the U.S. to
conduct Tristan und Isolde at the Chicago Lyric Opera, contrary to
his doctor's advice. After three performances at the Chicago
opera, Rodzinski had to withdraw, with his last concert being
on November 10, 1958. Rodzinski died on November 28, 1958 in
a Boston Hospital of heart failure 46.
Erich Leinsdorf was born Erich J. Landauer in Vienna, Austria on
February 4, 1912. Leinsdorf studied piano, cello and conducting at
the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, followed by the University of
Vienna and the Vienna Conservatory. At the Salzburg Festival,
1934-1938, Leinsdorf was conducting assistant first to Bruno Walter
and then Arturo Toscanini. Leinsdorf's ability to sight read scores
at the piano, his memory, and his Italian language skills were advantages
at Salzburg, and Toscanini became something of a mentor to Leinsdorf.
During these years, Leinsdorf also conducted opera Italy, in Bologna,
Trieste, Florence, and San Remo. In 1938, Leinsdorf left Vienna
and Europe because of the rise of the Nazi influence and went to
New York. At the recommendation of Lotte
Lehmann to Artur Bodanzky 18, Leinsdorf joined the Metropolitan
Opera in the 1938-1939 season. Beginning in the 1939-1940 season,
following the death or Artur Bodanzky, Erich Leinsdorf was named
principal MET conductor of the German repertory, which gave Leinsdorf's
career an immediate boost during 1939-1942. Leinsdorf found the
Metropolitan Opera progressively more frustrating, with the few
rehearsals and the negative atmosphere of opera house politics.
In 1942 in a controversial selection process in which candidates
George Szell and Vladimir Golschmann were turned down 17,
Erich Leinsdorf was named Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Leinsdorf happily departed from the MET, but he was unlucky at Cleveland.
First, in the 1942-1943 season, with the US entering World War 2,
Cleveland lost 22 musicians, whom Leinsdorf needed to replace.
One of Leinsdorf's hires was George Goslee, Principal bassoon, who remained
with the orchestra for 44 seasons. Then, Leinsdorf himself was drafted
into the U.S. Army 1943-1945, and so was not able to make his mark in
Cleveland. Leinsdorf received his Army discharge in September, 1944.
Meanwhile, the 1944-1945 Cleveland Orchestra season had already been
programmed with guest conductors including George Szell who had very
successful series of November 1944 concerts. The 1945-1946 Cleveland
season became a horserace between Leinsdorf, Szell, and Vladimir Golschmann
as to who would become permanent Music Director. Szell made a strong
impression on Cleveland that season, and Erich Leinsdorf gradually
lost our to Szell. This may have seemed the destiny of George Szell,
who continued with 24 seasons of greatness with the Cleveland
Orchestra. Leinsdorf then went on to the Rochester Philharmonic, where
he was Music Director for eight seasons, 1947-1955. Then, after a
brief period at the New York City Opera, Leinsdorf returned as a leading
conductor of the Metropolitan Opera during 1957-1962.
Cleveland Orchestra in 1945 under Erich Leinsdorf
Erich Leinsdorf was appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony in the
1962-1963 season. During his seven seasons with the BSO until 1969,
Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony made many recordings for RCA Victor,
including an excellent series of Prokofiev symphonies and concerti.
1978-1980, Erich Leinsdorf was conductor of the Berlin Radio Orchestra.
After the departure of Lorin
Maazel from his stormy Cleveland tenure in 1982, Erich Leinsdorf returned to
Cleveland frequently to provide continuity prior to the arrival of Christoph
von Dohnányi in the 1984-1985 season. Erich Leinsdorf
in his last years divided his residence among Sarasota, Florida,
Zurich, Switzerland, and New York. Erich Leinsdorf died in a Zurich
hospital, suffering from cancer on September 11, 1993. His musical
erudition and generous personality gained respect, and during his most
inspired performances, particularly in the opera house, he was often
the equal of any of his contemporaries.
George Szell rehearsing in his first season with the Cleveland Orchestra 1947
George Szell was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 7, 1897.
Before he was six, his family had moved to Vienna, and George Szell
considered himself Viennese in origin. He showed early musical
talent and was taken as a piano student by Richard Robert (1861-1924),
who also taught Rudolf Serkin and Clara Haskill, and who had been
a friend of Brahms. Georg Szell (as he was then) toured a number
of European cities in 1909 as a piano prodigy. By his mid-teens,
Szell said later that he had determined to become a conductor.
His first conducting opportunity came, it seems in a Bavarian spa,
Bad Kissingen in either 1913 or 1914 according to different sources.
He had been vacationing there, where members of the Vienna Symphony were
also performing. The Vienna Symphony conductor was injured, and
Szell substituted, with success. In 1915, he conducted the
Blüthner Orchestra, sponsored by the piano company, in Berlin.
Also in 1915, at age 18, Szell gained appointment as one of the
conductors at the Berlin Royal Opera
or "Königliche Kapelle", after 1919 named "Staatsoper
Berlin". There, Richard Strauss became something of
a mentor to Szell, whom he saw had great talents, including in the
performance of Strauss's own compositions. A famous story, often
retold, from about this time was of the 1917 acoustic recording of
Strauss's Don Juan, opus 20. The recording with the
Königliche Kapelle orchestra was to be rehearsed by Szell, so that
Strauss could sleep later. After the rehearsal, with Strauss
still not arriving, the Gramophon engineers instructed Szell to continue
to conduct the recording. After Szell had recorded two of the four
78 RPM sides of about 4 minutes each, Strauss who had arrived conducted
the other two sides. This recording, issued on Gramophon disks
69525, 69526, 65856, and 65857 74 shows Szell more fiery
and rapid, and Strauss more lyrical. In later years, Szell said
that he learned much about music and conducting from Strauss, although
he also told amusing stories about Strauss's occasional lack of involvement
with his conducting if other things were on Strauss's mind.
After the Berlin Royal Opera, in 1917, Szell had the opportunity to
become conductor of the Municipal Theatre, Strasbourg on the recommendation
of Otto Klemperer, whom he succeeded. In 1918, Szell went to
the German Opera (Neues deutsches Theater) in Prague. This experience
was followed in about 1921-1924 by conducting appointments of the Darmstadt
Theater and of the Deutsche Oper - Düsseldorf. In 1924,
Georg Szell returned to the renamed Berlin State Opera - Staatsoper Berlin
as a conductor under Erich Kleiber. In 1929, Georg Szell returned
to Prague now as Music Director of the German Opera and of the
Philharmonic. The next season 1930-1931 saw his US premier as a
guest conductor of the St. Louis Symphony in 1930, where he returned
George Szell in 1942
Szell was considered a candidate for the St. Louis
Symphony music directorship, vacant since the 1927 departure of Rudolph
Ganz to the Chicago Musical College. Meanwhile, Szell continued
his posts in Prague until 1937, when he accepted two concurrent orchestra
responsibilities: the Residente Orchestra in the Hague - Netherlands and the
Scottish Orchestra (later the Scottish National Orchestra) in Glasgow.
In 1938 and 1939, George Szell performed extensively in Australia with the
Australian Broadcasting Company. Returning from Australia in 1939,
with war beginning in Europe, George Szell stayed in New York City,
where he initially taught at the Mannes School of Music. In the
summers of 1939 and 1940, Szell was a conductor at the Hollywood Bowl.
An important break for Szell was Toscanini's invitation conduct the
NBC Symphony in 1941. Toscanini is said to have been impressed
previously when he guest-conducted Szell's Residente Orchestra and found
it much improved. Szell was hired for the German repertoire at the
Metropolitan Opera in the 1942-1943 season, succeeding Erich Leinsdorf.
George Szell continued at the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons 1942-1946.
After Arthur Rodzinski accepted the Music Director position of the
New York Philharmonic in December, 1942, George Szell was a candidate, along
with Erich Leinsdorf and Vladimir Golschmann to become Music Director of the
As described above
, Erich Leinsdorf was selected for Cleveland,
but within a year, Leinsdorf entered the US Army, so making little impression
in Cleveland. In the 1944-1945 season, when Leinsdorf was available to
conduct, the Cleveland Orchestra season had already been programmed with
guest conductors including George Szell. The 1945-1946 Cleveland
season became a horserace between Leinsdorf, Szell, and Vladimir Golschmann
as to who would become permanent conductor. George Szell gradually
emerged during that season as the favorite, and was appointed Music Director
beginning with the 1946-1947 season. This began one of the legendary
Conductor - Orchestra partnerships of the twentieth century.
Pierre Boulez was born in Montbrison, France, about 50 km west of
Lyon on March 26, 1925. As a child, he studied piano and
music, and also studied mathematics in Lyon. Boulez entered
the Paris Conservatoire in 1944, where he studied harmony with
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). However, in 1945, Boulez
left the Conservatoire to study composition with René Leibowitz
(1913-1972). Boulez became dissatisfied with what he later
said was Liebowitz's rigid serialism approach to musical composition,
and returned to work with Messiaen. Elements of serialism
continued in Boulez's compositions of the the later 1940s and
1950s, but with greater freedom. This freedom included
a serial approach not only to the musical tone of notes, but also
serialism of duration of notes, dynamics, and other characteristics.
Boulez also introduced concepts of musique concrète
in his compositions. His experimentation with freer compositional
techniques produced Boulez's famous Le marteau sans maître
composed and changed during the mid 1950s. During 1957-1962,
Boulez introduced a sort of controlled improvisation into such
compositions as his multi-section Pli selon pli. Later
works in the 1970s seem to have been in continuous evolution,
growth and expansion extending over a number of years.
In 1970, Georges Pompidou, then President of France asked Boulez
to organize an institute for the research in music, which became
IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique,
which Boulez directed 1970-1992. During this time, Boulez
also became progressively more active in conducting. After
guest conducting groups in Germany and France in the late 1950s
and early 1960s, Boulez conducted a production of Parsifal
at Bayreuth in the summer of 1966. For Cleveland, Boulez
became principal guest conductor in 1968, invited by George Szell,
and was regularly advised by Szell as to conducting US orchestras
including both Cleveland and New York 1.
During this time, into the 1970s, Boulez's conducting
duties exploded, when he was in overlapping years Musical Advisor
of the Cleveland Orchestra 1970-1972, Chief Conductor the
BBC Symphony 1971-1975, and Music Director of the New York
Philharmonic 1971-1977. Again at Bayreuth, Boulez conducted
the 1976 Centenary production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen,
a famous production with staging by Patrice Chéreau. Although
some New York Philharmonic musicians were unhappy with Boulez's
music programming, Boulez expanded the audiences with his famous
"Rug Concerts" featuring a mix of music aimed at a new
generation of listeners. Since 2000, even though well into
his eighties, Pierre Boulez has continued to regularly conduct
in Chicago and Cleveland and opera at
Bayreuth, in the UK and in France.
Lorin Maazel was born in Neuilly, just on the edge of Paris on
March 6, 1930, and grew up in Pittsburgh. His father,
Lincoln Maazel (1903–2009), born in New York City, was an
actor both on stage and in movies. His mother, Marie Maazel
(1884- ) was active in music and helped organize the Pittsburgh
Youth Symphony. Maazel's grandfather, Isaac Mannacy Maazel
(1873-1925) emigrated from Russia and played violin in the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the 1900s and 1910s.
Lorin Maazel was raised as a child prodegy, studying conducting
with in the 1930s with Vladimir Bakaleinikov (1885-1953) who
had been assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony.
Maazel made his conducting debut at age eight, and in 1941 at
age eleven, he conducted an NBC Symphony Orchestra concert.
In Pittsburgh, Maazel studied music at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1960, he was the first American conductor at the Bayreuth
summer festival. Maazel then became Music Director of the
Deutsche Oper, Berlin 1965-1971, and in parallel with the
Berlin Radio Symphony 1965-1975. In the 1972-1973 season,
after a search, Lorin Maazel was appointed Music Director of the
Cleveland Orchestra. Two of the notable recordings by
Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra during his tenure were of
complete recordings of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess,
and the ballet music of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.
1982-1984, Lorin Maazel was General Manager and Chief
Conductor of the Vienna State Opera, but the famous opera politics
in Vienna seems not to have suited him, and he departed after
two seasons. Returning to Pittsburgh, Lorin Maazel was
Music Consultant to the Pittsburgh Symphony 1984-1988, and then
Music Director 1988-1996. In the same period, Maazel was
Chief Conductor of the Bavarien Radio Symphony in Munich 1993-2002.
In January 2001 it was announced that Lorin Maazel would
succeed Kurt Mazur as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic,
which he began in the 2002-2003 season. One of the noteworthy
events during his New York tenure was the Philharmonic Asian tour
in 2008, including a visit to North Korea in February, 2008.
Lorin Maazel retired from the New York Philharmonic at the end of the
2008-2009 season. Maazel remained active in opera, serving as
Music Director the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana of the
opera in Valencia, Spain 2006-2011. At his last performance
in Valencia, Lorin Maazel led a performance of his only opera
1984. After leaving the New York Philharmonic, Lorin
Maazel founded the Castleton Festival, presenting both symphonic
performance and opera, on the grounds of his farm in Castleton,
Virginia. Lorin Maazel died there on 13 July 2014, soon after
rehearsing for the festival. Lorin Maazel completed
an remarkable career, beginning with his conducting as a boy
prodigy at age 8, and continuing until his passing at age 84.
Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin, Germany on September 8,
1929. His father Hans von Dohnányi was a lawyer and his mother,
Christine Bonhoeffer was brother of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945),
the philosopher and theologian. His grandfather was the composer
and piano virtuoso Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960). Christoph
von Dohnányi's father and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and other family were
part of the German resistance against the Nazi regime, and were placed
in concentration camps and executed. Following the traumatic war,
Christoph von Dohnányi followed his father's path and studied law.
However, he soon transferred to the Hochschule für Musik in
Munich in 1948. At the Munich Opera, von Dohnányi followed
the traditional training path of being a répétiteur. Ernst
von Dohnányi had relocated in 1946 to the Florida State University
School of Music, where Christoph von Dohnányi followed him for
further study. In about 1953, Christoph von Dohnányi was
appointed assistant to Georg Solti at the Frankfurt Opera.
He next moved to Lübeck in northern German, to the Lübeck Opera
where he was General Music Director from 1957–1963. Christoph
von Dohnányi then became chief conductor of the WDR Symphony
Orchestra in Cologne. During 1963-1966 in Kassel, 150 km from
Frankfurt, von Dohnányi was conductor of the State Orchestra
(Hessen state). In 1967, back in Frankfurt, Christoph
von Dohnányi followed Georg Solti as General Music Director of the
Frankfurt Opera. von Dohnányi held the Frankfurt post during
ten seasons, 1967–1977 made his conducting debut with the
Cleveland Orchestra in December 1981.
Franz Welser-Möst was born Franz Leopold Maria Möst in Linz, Austria
on August 16, 1960. As was the case with a number of other
musicians, Welser-Möst assumed a stage name early in his career in
1984 at age 2476. In his youth, he studied the violin,
played in the youth orchestra in Linz, and also had conducting
opportunities with that orchestra. However, as a youth, as
Welser-Möst stated in a London Telegraph interview 77
"...I had a very bad car crash, and I had some nerve damage
in my hands. So I had to abandon the violin and went more and
more towards conducting...". From this experience of
conducting the Linz youth orchestra, Welser-Möst was noticed by
the Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic who recommended Welser-Möst
to a London agent. This was following a cancellation when
the London Philharmonic suddenly needed a replacement conductor.
So at age only 25, Franz Welser-Möst had his first break,
conducting in London. This later lead to Welser-Möst being
appointed Principal conductor of the London Philharmonic for six
seasons 1990-1996 77. Also in the summer of
1985, Welser-Möst had the opportunity to conduct at the at
the Salzburg Festival. His US debut was with the Saint
Louis Symphony in 1989. In this early stage of his career,
also conducted several leading US orchestras: the Boston Symphony,
the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. Toward
the end of his tenure with the London Philharmonic, Franz Welser-Möst
became Music Director of the Zurich Opera 1995-2000, where he
performed several premieres as well as a Ring cycle.
In the 2002-2003 season, Franz Welser-Möst was appointed Music
Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. His contract was extended
several times, with the latest extension covering the orchestra
through the end of the 2017-2018 season. At Cleveland,
Welser-Möst has begun several summer events which the orchestra
bills as "biennial", intending them to occur every
second year. These include a residency at the Lucerne
Festival in Switzerland, and the Salzburg Festival in his native
Austria. The biennial residency of Franz Welser-Möst and
the Cleveland Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein has received
rave reviews. Beginning in 2010-2011, Franz Welser-Möst
became General Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper, when
Welser-Möst had only reached his 50th birthday. It
would seem that Franz Welser-Möst has many years of musical
leadership yet ahead of him.
Note: Today, except for the concertmaster (sometimes called
the 'Leader' in Europe), the usual title for the first or
leading instrument of an orchestral section is 'Principal',
as in 'Principal Flute'.
However, in earlier years and in some orchestra sections, the first
chair musician may have been referred to as 'Solo', or 'First'.
In the profiles below, for consistency and clarity, I usually use the
title 'Principal', even if the title was not yet used at that time.
Listing of All Cleveland Orchestra Musicians
A complete listing of all of the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra,
since its inception in 1918 is given on the page titled
Cleveland Orchestra Musicians List
'. This listing seeks to provide
the names, instruments, titles and dates of service of all known Cleveland
Orchestra musicians. Please have a look, and in case of any corrections
of updates to these data, or any other information
contained in this www.stokowski.org site,
please contact me, at the link below
Sol Marcosson was born in Kentucky in 1869. He studied at the
Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik with Heinrich Karl Hermann de
Ahna (1835-1892) where de Ahna taught and also with Joseph Joachim
(1831-1907). Sol Marcosson later told the story of finding the
umbrella of Mark Twain (1835-1910) while Twain was touring Germany,
and Marcosson was a Joachim student.
This resulted in Mark Twain meeting Joseph Joachim, and being invited
to Joachim's Berlin concert that evening in about 1890 72.
Marcosson was studying with de Ahna at about the same time as his US-born
contemporary violin virtuoso
(1861-1930). In Berlin, as well as meeting
Mark Twain, Marcosson met in 1890
Adella Prentiss Hughes (also born in 1869) who was touring Europe following
her graduation from Vassar College. Adella Prentiss Hughes, through her
interest in music gradually developed into a Cleveland impresario, booking
musicians and then orchestras to play in Cleveland in the 1890s, 1900s and
1910s. After graduation from the Hochschule für Musik, Sol Marcosson
toured Europe as a soloist before returning to the US. Marcosson was
active in Chicago and Cleveland, not far from his Kentucky birthplace.
He was a founder led the Marcosson Quartette, later renamed the
Cleveland Philharmonic String Quartet under the
sponsorship of the women's club the Philharmonic Club of Cleveland.
This string quartet was active beginning 1908, a decade prior to the first
concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra. The initial composition of the
Marcosson Quartette was:
Sol Marcosson first,
Charles Rychlik second,
James Johnston viola, Charles Heydler cello.
Click on the thumbnail picture below to see the Marcosson Quartette
Marcosson Quartette in 1908 (click on image to enlarge)
Prior to the formation of the Cleveland Orchestra, Marcosson also a guest
soloist with the
Russian Symphony of New York
in 1917 and with the New York Symphony in 1919 and 1920.
Back in Cleveland, Sol Marcosson played with the various unsuccessful symphony
orchestras during 1900-1920: The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Grand
Orchestra, and the Cleveland Municipal Orchestra. Then in the 1918-1919
season, due to the persistence and resourcefulness of Adella Prentiss Hughes,
the Cleveland Symphony was organized, with Sol Marcosson as Concertmaster.
The new Cleveland Orchestra had several groups of leading Cleveland classical
musicians: the Barnes brothers, the Fiore brothers, the 5 Hruby brothers and
1 sister, the McGibeny brothers, the Spitalny brothers, the Stein brothers,
the 3 Ungar brothers, and a young Carlton Cooley as Principal viola.
However, according to Anne Mischakoff Heiles in her scholarly (and a 'good
read') book on America's Concertmasters2,
"...Unfortunately for Marcosson, Sokoloff seemed intent on competing
with him as violinist...In Cleveland Sokoloff played the Vieuxtemps Violin
Concerto no. 4 as soloist, conducting the rest of the program. He soon had
Marcosson replaced as Concertmaster..." 2. It seems
that Sol Marcosson did not finish the 1918-1919 season, since Louis Edlin
became Concertmaster in March, 1919 2. Following
the Cleveland Orchestra, Sol Marcosson continued as a popular teacher of
violin. He also returned to the orchestra as a sub, and in 1928-1931
playing in the viola section. Sol Marcosson died in Cleveland on
January 10, 1940.
Louis Edlin, right with Victor de Gomez, Principal cello, left.
Louis Edlin was born in New York City on September 30, 1889 of
Russian-Jewish parents, Boris and Mary Edlin. His younger sister
Sophie was a pianist. After starting violin studies young, Louis
Edlin studied with Arnold D. Volpe (1869-1940) at age 9 63,
violinist and orchestra conductor in New York City. Arnold Volpe
organized and conducted his Volpe orchestra, a training orchestra in the
years prior to World War 1 62, and Louis Edlin gained his
first orchestral experience there. He also appeared in New York with
the Young Men's Symphony and with the Duss Band 63.
Louis Edlin then spent four years studying in Europe. 1906-1908,
Edlin studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Guillaume Rémy.
Louis Edlin then went to Berlin in 1909-1910 where he studied with
Fritz Kreisler, among other teachers 67. Louis Edlin
returned to New York in 1911 and played in the first violin section
of the New York Symphony for two seasons, 1911-1913. In the
1913-1914 season, Louis Edlin become Concertmaster of the Russian
Symphony of New York, following Nikolai Sokoloff in that position.
In the 1914-1915 season, Louis Edlin moved to the first violin section
of the Philharmonic Society of New York 1,67, where he
stayed for four seasons until the end of the 1918-1919. Then,
at the recommendation of the Philharmonic conductor Josef Stransky,
Louis Edlin became became Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra in
March, 1919 2 at age 25, succeeding Sol Marcosson.
Louis Edlin stayed in Cleveland until the end of the 1922-1923 season.
During his Cleveland years, Edlin taught at the Cleveland Institute
of Music 64. He also played in the Cleveland String
Quartet, at that time consisting of the conductor Nikolai Sokoloff first,
Louis Edlin second, Herman Kolodkin viola, Victor de Gomez cello
In 1923, Louis Edlin returned to New York City and joined the faculty
of the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard). Edlin was also a
founding member of the New York Trio, Louis Edlin violin,
Cornelius Van Vliet (1886-1963) cello, Clarence Adler (1886-1969) piano.
The Trio also recorded for Edison records in 1928 65.
In 1926-1927 Louis Edlin he became a radio conductor of the
Atwater-Kent radio orchestra. Louis Edlin later served as a
section head of violins and a conductor at the National Orchestral
Association, a training orchestra for orchestral musicians in New York
City in the 1940s. Louis Edlin died at a date not yet identified,
but after 1950.
Arthur Beckwith was a British musician born in Croydon, a suburb
of London, in June, 1887 68. He seems
to have taken his early violin lessons from his musician father,
Arthur Beckwith Sr., a music teacher in London. Arthur Beckwith
was Concertmaster (Leader) of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden
and of the Royal Philharmonic Society 67, (not the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946).
Arthur Beckwith also played with the Queen's Hall Orchestra, London
under Sir Henry Wood. Beckwith was also musical director
of the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne 67, a British seaside
resort hotel. In 1920, Arthur Beckwith made an acoustic
recording of the British conductor (later Sir) Landon Ronald
(1873-1938) Beni Mora, Oriental Suite. Anne Mischakoff
Heiles in her superb book America's Concertmasters writes
"...When the first violinist of the London String Quartet
was taken ill, Beckwith replaced him for a tour in the United States,
including Cleveland..." 67. Nikolai Sokoloff,
hearing Beckwith hired him to replace Louis Edlin as Concertmaster
of the Cleveland Orchestra beginning with the 1923-1924
season. Sokoloff may have been motivated also by Beckwith's
chamber music experience, since Beckwith also joined the Cleveland
String Quartet, in which Sokoloff continued to play. In the
1926-1927 season, Nikolai Sokoloff hired 26 new players including
13 new string players and more than half of the horn section.
Among these changes were the replacement of Arthur Beckwith by
Joseph Fuchs as Concertmaster, Louis deSantis as Principal
clarinet succeeding Walter Thalin, and Walter Macdonald succeeding
Alphonse Pelletier as Principal horn. After departing the
Cleveland Orchestra, Arthur Beckwith returned to England with his
wife and three children. Arthur Beckwith died in December,
1928 in Wandsworth, South London at the early age of 41 68
(the cause does not seem recorded).
Joseph Fuchs was born in New York City on April 26, 1899 (not in
1900 as given in several sources). His parents, Phillip and
Kate Fuchs had emigrated from what was then the Austro-Hungarian
Empire in 1897. Phillip Fuchs was a gifted teacher of violin,
viola and cello, and his three children all had very successful
careers as string players 97. His sister being
Lillian Fuchs (1901-1995) was a famous violist and his younger
(1908-1986) was a cellist, and of course
later Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. When
as a youth Joseph broke his left arm, his father was advised to begin
violin lessons with his son 97. The violin practice
as was to be his therapy 2. Joseph Fuchs went
on to study with
at the Institute of Musical Arts (Juilliard), beginning at the early
age of seven, 1907-1919 97. Joseph Fuchs then went to
Berlin in 1921-1922 to study, and to play with orchestras in Munich,
Frankfurt and Berlin. On his return to the US, success as a
soloist eluded Fuchs, so he played in the orchestra of the Capital
Theater in New York City, then conducted by Erno Rapée (1891-1945)
and where Eugene Ormandy was also a violinist. Then, in
the 1926-1927 season, Nikolai Sokoloff hired 26 new players for the
Cleveland Orchestra, including Joseph Fuchs to replace Arthur Beckwith
as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. The Cleveland
Orchestra was the only orchestral (non-solo) position which Joseph
Fuchs held, and he remained in Cleveland for fifteen seasons,
1926-1941, under Sokoloff and the demanding Artur Rodzinski.
However, in 1940, the pain caused by bone fragments from his childhood
broken arm became so serious that Joseph Fuchs decided to undergo
surgery. Rodzinski and the orchestra stood by Fuchs, and
he returned to the orchestra in 1941. Thereafter, Joseph
Fuchs retired from his orchestral career to pursue solo work.
Joseph and Lillian Fuchs in New York City in the 1950s
In the 1950s, Fuchs toured extensively in the US and Europe, including
playing in Pablo Casals festivals in Prades in 1953 and 1954.
During this time, Joseph Fuchs premiered many new works, including
the Martinu Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (1947) and
the Walter Piston Second Violin Concerto which Fuchs commissioned
and which he performed the premier in Pittsburgh in 1960.
Joseph Fuchs also taught at the Juilliard School 1946-1972.
Joseph Fuchs died in New York on March 14, 1997 just before
his 98th birthday.
Hugo Kolberg was born in Warsaw, Poland on August 29, 1898.
As a youth, Kolberg was a violin prodigy, beginning studies
at age 5, and playing as a child for the King Alfonso XIII of
Spain 75. Kolberg was later a student of
Bronislaw Huberman76. In 1921, age only 19,
Hugo Kolberg became Concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic.
He then was Concertmaster of Paris and Copenhagen orchestras.
In about 1931, Hugo Kolberg was appointed Concertmaster of the
Berlin Philharmonic, alternating as Concertmaster with the great
Szymon Goldberg (1909-1993). In 1934, after being Concertmaster
for five seasons, Szymon Goldberg resigned from the Berlin
Philharmonic in part due to Nazi pressure, and ironically
Hugo Kolberg, not Jewish but married to a Jewish wife, was appointed
sole Concertmaster. With the ascension of the Nazi government,
political control became more and more dominant in the policies of
the Berlin Philharmonic. Consequently, Hugo Kolberg and his
wife Rosa left Germany and relocated to England in 1938.
Kolberg then came to the U.S. in January, 1939. Hugo Kolberg
became Concertmaster of the Pittsburg Symphony under Fritz Reiner
in the 1940-1941 season. Fritz Reiner, always demanding was
said to have had a particular appreciation for the musicianship
of Kohlberg. The next year, Kohlberg was Concertmaster of
the Cleveland Orchestra for one season 1941-1942, the last full
Cleveland season Artur Rodzinski, who departed for New York in
December, 1942. Kohlberg reportedly left Cleveland following
a salary dispute 77. Hugo Kolberg was replaced
at Cleveland the next season by another former Berlin Philharmonic
Concertmaster (1925-1926) under Wilhelm Furtwängler, Tossy
Spivakovsky. During the next two seasons, 1942-1944,
Hugo Kolberg was Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Metropolitan
Opera. It is said that his recommendation came from
Fritz Reiner. Hugo Kolberg then returned to the Pittsburgh
Symphony as Concertmaster under Reiner for three seasons, 1946-1949.
Kolberg was later Concertmaster of the Lyric Theatre of Chicago
(The Chicago Opera). After 35 years as a concertmaster of
leading orchestras in Europe and the U.S., Hugo Kolberg retired
and devoted his activities to teaching. In the 1950s, Kohlberg
was head of the violin department at the Chicago Musical College
76. His teaching continued until 18 months prior
to his death, when Kolberg was teaching at Juniata College in
central Pennsylvania, and making solo appearances with local
orchestras 75. Hugo Kolberg died in Hempstead,
Long Island, New York on February 27, 1979, age 80.
"Tossy" Spivakovsky was born Nathan Spivakovsky in Odessa, then Russia,
now the Ukraine on 23 December 1906. As a youth, he moved to Berlin
to pursue his studies, first with Arrigo Serato (1877-1948) and then at the
Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik with
Willy Hess. Following World War 1, when he was
still a teen, he toured Europe promoted as a child prodigy and now
billed with the more virtuouso name of "Tossy" Spivakovsky.
He toured with his brother his elder brother Jacob Spivakovsky (1896-1970),
who adopted the name "Jascha".
In 1925, Tossy Spivakovsky was appointed Concertmaster of the Berlin
Philharmonic by Wilhelm Furtwängler. In 1930, Spivakovsky
formed the Spivakovsky-Kurtz Trio with his brother Jascha Spivakovsky
Edmund Kurtz cello, which toured Europe and then
Australia. With the accession to power of the Nazis in
Germany, the group decided to remain in Australia, where they
taught at the University of Melbourne Conservatory 1933-1940.
Jascha Spivakovsky spent most of his career in Australia thereafter in
concerts and radio broadcasts. Tossy Spivakovsky married Dr.
Erika Lipsker Zarden, a German-born Australian who had studied in
Argentina and Germany, and who in Melbourne was a Spanish
teacher and historian 158. They were married
for 63 years. Then, in 1940, Tossy Spivakovsky relocated
to the US and made his debut in Town Hall, New York.
In the 1942-1943 season, Artur Rodzinski
appointed Spivakovsky as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Anne Mischakoff Heiles in her excellent and highly recommended
book America's Concertmasters2
writes of Spivakovsky's impact on the Orchestra:
"...Spivakovsky was an eccentric violinist with a highly
unconventional violin and bow hold (he held the thumb across
from the pinky)...When Rodzinski left [for the New York
Philharmonic] he asked the Principal violist William Lincer
and the Principal cellist Leonard Rose also to go to New York.
Leinsdorf complained: 'On the other hand he [Rodzinski] left
me generously a concertmaster who was an unmitigated nuisance...'
This last comment was related to Spivakovsky's
playing style, which because of his unconventional technique
could not easily be followed by the rest
of the violin section. After Cleveland, Tossy Spivakovsky
pursued a solo career and had a series of successes performing
the Bartok Violin Concerto. Spivakovsky also recorded
frequently in his later career. Long-lived, Tossy
Spivakovsky died in Westport, Connecticut on July 20, 1998,
Joseph Knitzer was born in New York in 1913. Knitzer spent
much of his youth in Detroit where he was considered a prodigy.
Knitzer studied with Leopold Auer (1845-1930) in New York City
from about 1923 until Auer's death in 1930. In 1927, Joseph
Knitzer made his debut with the New York Symphony under
Walter Damrosch and with the Detroit Symphony in 1930.
Knitzer also studied in the early 1930s with Louis Persinger
(1887-1966), the teacher of Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999),
Ruggiero Ricci (1918- ), and Isaac Stern (1920-2001) among
others. In 1934, Mr. Knitzer won the Walter W. Naumburg
Foundation prize in violin 106. In the later
1930s, Joseph Knitzer pursued a solo violin career, but with
limited success. Although playing with the New York Philharmonic
and the Philadelphia Orchestra, many of his engagements were
with regional orchestras, and smaller chamber groups. By the
early 1940s, Joseph Knitzer was head of the violin department at
the Cleveland Institute of Music prior to joining the Cleveland
Orchestra. Knitzer's contact with George Szell including
playing chamber music with him resulted in Szell appointing
Joseph Knitzer as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra in the
1945-1946 season, following the departure of Tossy Spivakovsky.
However, according to Donald Rosenberg in his The Cleveland
Orchestra Story, 'Second to None', Szell quickly became dissatisfied
with his Concertmaster, whom he "...dismissed...for being a
'sourpuss' as concertmaster..." 1. This
was in spite of Knitzer's general reputation as being a gentle
and supportive teacher of his violin students.
Following the Cleveland Orchestra, Joseph Knitzer had a rich experience
as a violin teacher. He taught successively at the Cleveland
Institute of Music, Northwestern University in Chicago, the
Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the University
of Michigan. Joseph Knitzer died in 1967.
Samuel Thaviu was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 18, 1909.
His father, Alexander F. Thaviu, a Russian Jewish emigrant, was
a contractor of musicians for band and theater concerts in the
Midwest 105. In Chicago, Thaviu studied with
Harry Diamond, Leon Sametini, and the Cleveland Institute of Music,
and Jacques Gordon and later with
Mischa Mischakoff 104. In the Summer of 1931,
Samuel Thaviu won the National Young Artists contest held in
San Francisco105. In 1932,
Samuel Thaviu was selected as Concertmaster of the Chicago Little
Symphony 104. Samuel Thaviu joined the first violin
section of the Chicago Symphony 1934-1937. In the 1937-1938
season, Thaviu was Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony.
In Kansas City 1937-1942 in Kansas City, Samuel Thaviu was associate
conductor as well as Concertmaster 2. Thaviu was
then appointed Concertmaster as well as associate conductor of
the Baltimore Symphony in the 1942-1943 season. In his first
season 1946-1947, George Szell invited Samuel Thaviu to become
Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. However, Szell
apparently intended that Thaviu's tenure would be for only one
season, without telling Thaviu 2. This of course
led to some embarrassment. as described in Michael Charry's interesting
book George Szell: A Life of Music134, "...
a scandal that drew national attention erupted. Cleveland concertmaster
Samuel Thaviu had resigned in January  shortly after learning that
in November, Szell had secretly signed Joseph Gingold for the next
season...". The next season, Thaviu then returned to
Pittsburgh. Samuel Thaviu was Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh
Symphony twice, 1943-1946 under Fritz Reiner and for seventeen seasons,
and following Cleveland 1949-1966 under
William Steinberg. While in Pittsburgh, Samuel Thaviu
conducted the Carnegie-Mellon University student orchestra and
the Altoona Symphony in suburban Pittsburgh. After retiring
from the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1966, Samuel Thaviu was appointed
Chairman of the strings department at Northwestern University in
Chicago from with he retired in 1977. Samuel Thaviu died
in Evanston, Illinois on July 1, 2000 of cancer -
Josef Gingold was born on October 28, 1909 in Brest-Litovsk,
Russia, now Brest in the Belarus. He and his family emigrated
to New York City in 1920, following the Russian revolution.
In New York City, Gingold studied with Vladimir Graffman, father
of the pianist Gary Graffman. Josef Gingold then went to
Belgium in 1926-1928 to study with Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), the
great violin pedagogue. In Europe, Gingold toured for
at least one year. He returned to the US by 1934 and
played freelance in New York City. In 1937, when Artur
Rodzinski was auditioning musicians in order to form the NBC
Symphony for Arturo Toscanini, Josef Gingold gained a position
in the first violins. Then, in the 1944-1945 season,
Josef Gingold moved to the Detroit Symphony as Concertmaster
under Karl Krueger. He was also active in the Kreiner
String Quartet: Edward Kreiner first, Josef Gingold second,
Sylvan Shulman viola, and Alan Shulman cello.
the Kreiner String Quartet in the 1940s
In 1947, George Szell, who had
already decided to replace Samuel Thaviu as Concertmaster, had
begun negotiations with Josef Gingold, with whom he had worked
at the NBC Symphony and the Detroit Symphony. In the
1947-1948 season, Szell hired Josef Gingold as his Concertmaster.
Josef Gingold remained with Szell and the Cleveland
Orchestra for thirteen seasons, 1947-1960. He taught
at Indiana University from about 1961 until his death.
He was both loved and respected as a teacher, in part because of
his patient mentoring of his students. Among his students
were William Preucil, Ulf Hoelscher, Miriam Fried, Jaime Laredo,
Joseph Silverstein, and Joshua Bell. Josef Gingold died in
Bloomington, Indiana on January 11, 1995.
Rafael Druian, right, with Pierre Boulez when they were together at the New York
Rafael Druian was born in Vologda, Russia 250 km east of St.
Petersburg (then Petrograd) on January 20, 1922. With
the upheaval of the Revolution, Druian's family emigrated to
Havana, Cuba grew up in Havana, when Rafael was an infant.
In 1930, at age 8 he Rafael Druian began studies with the Paris-born
Cuban composer Amadeo Roldán (1900-1939) 85,
Concertmaster and later conductor of the Havana Philharmonic.
In about 1933, Rafael Druian was admitted to the Curtis Institute
in Philadelphia where he remained until his graduation in the
Class of 1942. Druian's Curtis classmates included violist
Joseph de Pasquale
Robert Ripley (also later of the
Cleveland Orchestra) and trumpet
When he served in the US Army during World War 2, Rafael Druian
played the mellophone (a 3 valved horn) in the Army band
85. Following the war, Rafael Druian was
Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony 1947-1949 under
Antal Dorati. Druian followed Dorati to the
Minneapolis Symphony in the 1949-1950 season, when Dorati became
Music Director. Druian remained in Minneapolis as Concertmaster
1949-1960, the same as Dorati's tenure there. In 1960-1961,
George Szell appointed Raphael Druian to succeed Josef Gingold
as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Raphael Druian
served as Cleveland Concertmaster for nine seasons, 1960-1969.
However, Druian felt insulted during rehearsals for a series of
Brahms concerti recordings with David Oistrakh and Mstislav
Rostropovich in May, 1969. As a consequence, Rafael Druian
suddenly resigned just before the EMI recording sessions.
Daniel Majeske moved up to the Concertmaster chair for the recordings
and continued in that role for the remainder of the 1968-1969 season.
After Cleveland, Rafael Druian taught at the California Institute
of the Arts in Valencia, California 85. Druian
returned to orchestral life, being appointed Concertmaster of the
New York Philharmonic by Pierre Boulez 1971-1974. Druian then
pursued conducting, including festivals in New York and Alaska.
Druian also continued teaching conducting and violin at
Boston University and at his alma mater, the Curtis Institute.
Rafael Druian died in Philadelphia on Sept. 6, 2002, age 80.
Daniel Majeske was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 17, 1932.
He made his debut with the Detroit Symphony in 1949.
Daniel Majeske won admission to the the Curtis Institute in about
1946m and graduated in the Class of 1950. Following Curtis
at the time of the Korean War, Daniel Majeske joined the
US Navy Band in Washington, DC in 1951. While with the
Band in Washington, Daniel Majeske also studied theology with the
idea of possibly entering the ministry. In 1955, Daniel Majeske
won an audition with George Szell to join the Cleveland Orchestra first
violin section. After serving 1955-1959 in the first violins,
in the 1959-1960 season, Daniel Majeske was elevated to Assistant
Concertmaster. He served in this position for eight seasons,
1959-1967. Then, succeeding , Daniel Majeske was promoted
to Associate Concertmaster in the 1967-1968 season. Upon the
sudden departure of Rafael Druian described above, in May 1969,
Daniel Majeske assumed the Concertmaster position for the remainder
of the 1968-1969 season. Majeske was then given an extended
contract as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. He served
in that position for fourteen seasons under four more Music Directors.
In 1992 and 1993, Daniel Majeske was often unable to play
with the orchestra, due to the effects of his battle with prostate
cancer. Majeske missed the October, 1993 Cleveland Orchestra
tour of Japan. The next month, Daniel Majeske died on
November 28, 1993, age 61 from cancer, one of the last musicians
connected with the years of George Szell.
1993-1995 Martin V. Chalifour (acting Concertmaster)
Martin Chalifour in Los Angeles
Martin Chalifour was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada on
June 15,1961. He studied at the Montréal Conservatoire
beginning in about 1973, graduating in 1979. Chalifour was
then admitted to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in 1981, where he
graduated in the Class of 1984. After Curtis, Chalifour did
well in international competitions, gaining a Certificate of Honor
at the Tchaikovsky Competition - Moscow in 1986, and becoming
laureate of the Montreal International Competition in 1987.
Martin Chalifour was Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony
1984-1990. He then won the competition to join the Cleveland
Orchestra, first as acting Associate Concertmaster 1989-1990, then
Associate Concertmaster 1990-1995, with frequent duties as Concertmaster,
since Daniel Majeske was suffering from Cancer. During his last
three seasons at the Cleveland Orchestra, Martin Chalifour was acting
Concertmaster 1993-1995 following the death of Daniel Majeske.
He is Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to
1995-present. In Los Angeles, Martin Chalifour joined with two
Curtis Institute classmates, Joanne Pearce Martin and Peter Stumpf
to form the Los Angeles Philharmonic Piano Trio. Martin Chalifour
enjoys contemporary and innovative music; an example was his performance
in Winnipeg of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's (1905-1963) Concerto Funebre
for Violin and String Orchestra with Timothy Vernon and the
William Preucil was born in Dearborn, Michigan on January 30, 1958.
Preucil comes from a musical family, and he first studied violin
with his mother, using the Suzuki method. His father was also
a violinist. Preucil's wife, Gwen Starker Preucil is a violinist
and is daughter to the great cellist
. At age 16,
William Preucil graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He
then entered Indiana University in 1974, where he received his
performer's award in about 1978. Following university, William
Preucil was Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony and of the Utah
Symphony. William Preucil was Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony
1982-1989. He has been active in chamber music throughout his
career, including the Lanier Trio beginning in 1986.
Preucil was then first violin of the Cleveland Quartet 1989-1995 which
performed and recorded intensively during these years. The
Cleveland Quartet in this period consisted of William Preucil first,
Peter Salaff second, James Dunham viola, and Paul Katz cello.
In about 1993-1996, while the Cleveland Quartet was in residency in
Rochester, New York, William Preucil taught at the Eastman School of
Music. Preucil was appointed Concertmaster of the
Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995. Also in 1995, William
Preucil became Concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Mostly
Mozart Festival of San Diego, California, a position he still
continues, along with the Concertmaster post in Cleveland. William
Preucil has recorded frequently, including the interesting
Stephen Paulus Violin Concerto (New World Records) dedicated to
Preucil, and performed with the Atlanta Symphony. In his playing
with the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil retains a distinctive
communication with the audience that some say reflects his extensive
experience in the more intimate atmosphere of chamber music performance.
Oscar Eiler was born in Wisconsin on September 8, 1883.
He studied cello in Germany with Carl Schroeder (1848-1935).
Returning to Wisconsin Oscare Eiler was in 1905 a music
teacher in Appleton in central Wisconsin.
In 1910, Eiler played in the orchestra of Cleveland's Statler Hotel.
Then for two seasons, 1912-1914, Oscar Eiler played in the cello
section of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.
From 1917-1928, Oscar Eiler was active in
the Philharmonic Quartet, which membership changed during its life
1886-1928, but which at that time was
Sol Marcosson first,
Charles Rychlik second, Johann Beck viola,
Oscar Eiler cello. In the first season of the
Cleveland Orchestra 1918-1919, Nikolai Sokoloff appointed Oscar
Eiler as Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. After
serving in the first chair during this inaugural season of the
Cleveland Orchestra, in June, 1919 1,
Oscar Eiler moved to what we would today
call the Associate Principal cello position. When Victor
de Gomez was appointed Principal cello, Oscar Eiler continued
in the Cleveland Orchestra for two more seasons, 1919-1921.
In the 1930s, Oscar Eiler was a theater orchestra musician
in Chicago. In the 1930s, Oscar Eiler was active in the
Russian Trio, consisting of Ninia Mesirow piano, Michel Wilkomlrsky
violin and Oscar Eiler cello. Eiler also played in the
Civic Opera Company
of Chicago. Oscar Eiler played cello in the Cincinnati
Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony, but the years of his
performances with these orchestra are not yet documented.
Returning to his native Wisconsin, Oscar Eiler also helped train
the Oshkosh Youth Orchestra in the late 1930s 115.
Victor de Gomez, Principal cello, left, with Louis Edlin Concertmaster circa 1920.
Victor de Gomez was born in Auburn, California, northeast of Sacramento
on May 7, 1891. Auburn was (and is) a farming area rich with fruits,
olives and nuts, and Victor's father, Fermin de Gomez, born in Philadelphia
of a Spanish father, was a fruit shipper. In his teenage years, Victor
de Gomez studied cello at the University of California, Berkeley from about
1908-1911. de Gomez then joined the cello section of the newly formed
San Francisco Symphony in the 1911-1912 season. Victor de Gomez continued
in the San Francisco Symphony 1911-1915.
In 1914-1916, Victor de Gomez was active in concerts and
chamber music, including with a quartet of San Francisco musicians
Louis Ford first,
Emil Rossett second,
Clarence Evans viola
(who was Principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony) and
Victor de Gomez cello 66.
In the 1916-1917 season, Victor de Gomez
joined the Philadelphia Orchestra cello section under Leopold Stokowski,
playing with Principal cello Hans Kindler. Victor De Gomez remained
in Philadelphia for three seasons until the end of the 1918-1919 season,
when Stokowski released de Gomez for the Cleveland Orchestra 1.
De Gomez arrived in Cleveland in June 1919 and was one of the four
highest paid players1.  Victor de Gomez was named
Principal cello upon the formation of the Cleveland Orchestra in
1919. He served as Principal cello for twenty seasons, 1919-1939.
In the summers of 1938 and 1939, Victor de Gomez then moved back to California
where he played in Hollywood at the Paramount Studios orchestra 1
and other Hollywood studio orchestras in the 1940s and 1950s. Victor de Gomez
died in California in about 1969 or shortly thereafter.
Leonard Rose was born in Washington DC on July 27, 1918, son of immigrants Harry Rose
(originally Gdal Rosovsky) and Jennie Frankel from Kiev, then Russia, now
Belarus. Leonard Rose's first lessons on the cello were from his
amatuer cellist father, Harry Rose. Harry Rose's sister had a cellist
son Frank Miller - later famous as Principal cello of Chicago Symphony and
of the NBC Orchestra. In 1933, Leonard Rose studied with Frank Miller in
Philadelphia - in fact, moved in with Frank and his parents - preparing for the
Curtis Institute entrance audition. Leonard Rose gained admittance to the
Curtis Institute in 1934, where he studied with Felix Salmond (1888-1952).
Rose graduated from Curtis in the Class of 1939. However, even before the
graduation ceremony, Leonard Rose played briefly with Arturo Toscanini's NBC
Symphony in 1938-1939. Consequent to a confused contract renewal with the
NBC Orchestra, Leonard Rose accepted the offer of Artur Rodzinski to appoint
Leonard Rose as Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1939-1940
season. Quite a step up for the 21 year old cellist. In 1943, Leonard
Rose followed Artur Rodzinski to the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal
cello in the 1943-1944 season. Rodzinski wanted Rose as Principal.
However, during his first New York season, Rodzinski had tried to dismiss
14 musicians, including five Principals. Rodzinski had to proceed more
cautiously. Rodzinski arranged for Rose to take the second cello chair
of the New York Philharmonic, under Principal cello Joseph Schuster.
Then, Leonard Rose was be appointed Principal cello of the New York Philharmonic
in 1944-1945. Beginning in 1951, Leonard Rose pursued a career as
concert soloist, a difficult and hazardous objective, as shown by many gifted
previous musicians. Leonard Rose was remarkably successful, both in
concert performance, chamber music and in recordings, particularly with US
Columbia Records. At the Casals festival in Prades, France in 1952,
Leonard Rose, Isaac Stern and Eugene Istomin performed together for the
first time. Their favorable chemistry caused them to form a trio
which again was successful in concerts and in recordings. Leonard
Rose in New York taught at Juilliard, and when Gregor Piatigorsky retired
from the Curtis Institute, Leonard Rose succeeded him. Leonard Rose
was to teach at Curtis 1951-1963. Leonard Rose's career was shorter
than many of his great colleagues, due to health. Leonard Rose suffered
from leukemia, which led to his death in Westchester County, New York on
November 16, 1984, age 66.
Harry Fuchs was born in 1908. His was a musical family, his sister
being Lillian Fuchs (1901-1995), a famous violist and his older brother
(1899-1997) being a violinist, and of course later Concertmaster of the
Cleveland Orchestra. In fact, during their careers, both Lillian
Fuchs and Joseph Fuchs were more famous than Harry. Harry Fuchs trained
in his youth as both a violinist and a cellist 97, beginning first
with his father, Philip Fuchs, a gifted teacher. Harry Fuchs was
admitted to the Juilliard Graduate School under a scholarship in 1932.
He graduated from Juilliard Graduate in 1935 after studying with Felix Salmond.
Fuchs then played cello in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1935-1937.
Selected by Artur Rodzinski, Harry Fuchs joined the cello section of
the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1937-1938 season. Except for a break of
two seasons 1947-1949, he was to serve in the Cleveland Orchestra under five
Music Directors until the end of the 1978-1979 season. After the
departure of Leonard Rose to the New York Philharmonic, Harry Fuchs
was elevated to the Principal cello chair. He served as Principal
for four seasons, 1943-1947. When George Szell selected Ernst
Silberstein to become Principal cello in 1947-1948, Harry Fuchs decided
to go into business for himself 97. Amédée Daryl Williams
in an interesting biography of Lillian Fuchs wrote about Harry's business
activities: "...Fuch's love of dogs actually resulted in a rather
profitable enterprise. He developed a special kind of lotion to ease a
dog's skin irritation... Fuchs took out a patent for the lotion and then
successfully marketed it under the name Fox Salve..."
97. Two seasons later, Harry Fuchs returned
to the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Principal
cello in 1949-1950. Harry Fuchs remained in the second cello chair
for a further three decades. Harry Fuchs enjoyed restoring antique
automobiles, and owned 8 different cars in different stages of restoration
97. In 1979, Harry Fuchs retired from the Cleveland
Orchestra at the same time as two other 45 year Cleveland veterans:
Harvey McGuire and violinist and sometime
James Barrett. Five years after his
1979 retirement from the Cleveland Orchestra, Harry Fuchs
died on January 4, 1986 in the affluent Cleveland suburb
of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Lorne Munroe was born in Manitoba, Canada on November 24, 1924. Munroe won
the Winnipeg Music Competition Festival at age 10. When 14, Lorne Munroe was
taken to London by his sponsor, the Australian composer and pianist Arthur
Benjamin (1893-1960), who also taught at the Royal College of Music.
In London, Munroe he studied at the Royal College of Music under the famous
cello teacher Ivor James (1882-1963). Lorne Munroe then studied
at the Curtis Institute in the same class as Paul Olefsky, graduating in 1947.
As did Olefsky, Lorne Munroe studied cello with Gregor Piatigorsky. After
graduation from Curtis, Monroe went to the Cleveland Orchestra as Principal
cello for one season 1949-1950 under George Szell. While with the
Cleveland Orchestra, interestingly Lorne Munroe appeared as a soloist
with the Philadelphia Orchestra142. Lorne Munroe
then played for one season with the Minneapolis Symphony 1950-1951. In December,
1950, Paul Olefsky left the Philadelphia Orchestra as a result of the Korean War to
join the US Navy Band. The Principal cello chair of the Philadelphia Orchestra
was then open until September of the following season when Lorne Munroe was appointed
Principal cello by Eugene Ormandy. Lorne Munroe left the Philadelphia Orchestra
at the end of the 1963-1964 season to join the New York Philharmonic under Leonard
Bernstein. Lorne Munroe was then for 32 seasons Principal cello with the New York
Philharmonic from 1964-1996. In New York, Munroe also taught at Juilliard.
At age 72, in February, 1996, Lorne Munroe and his wife Janee retired to their home in
Jules Eskin was born in Philadelphia in October, 1931. Jules Eskin’s
father was an amateur cellist who gave Jules his first lessons. In
1948, at age 16, Jules Eskin joined the Dallas Symphony cello
section under Antal Dorati. While in Dallas, Eskin studied with
Janos Starker (1924- ) who was then Principal cello for Dallas in
the 1948-1949 season. In the summers of 1947 and 1948, Eskin studied
at the Tanglewood Music Center. Jules Eskin was then accepted into
the Curtis Institute in his home town Philadelphia, where he studied
with Gregor Piatigorsky and Leonard Rose. In the early 1950s,
Eskin took master classes with Pablo Casals. In 1954, Jules Eskin
won first prize for cello in the Walter Naumburg International Competition
(which Joseph Silverstein also won for violin in 1960). This led to
his 1954 New York Town Hall debut and a 1954-1955 concert tour in Europe.
Since then Jules Eskin has always been Principal cello in the orchestra sections
which he has led. Jules Eskin was Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra
1961-1964 under George Szell. Eskin then joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra
as Principal cello in the 1964-1965 season, following the departure of Samuel and
Winifred Mayes to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jules Eskin was one of
the founding members of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in 1964.
He taught cello at the Boston University College of Fine Arts and in
the summers at the Tanglewood Music Center. Jules Eskin is married to
the Boston Symphony first violin
, a graduate of the St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) Conservatory.
In performance, it continues to be exciting to see Jules Eskin's
engagement and enjoyment of the music after more than four decades
with the Boston Symphony, under five Music Directors.
Gerald Appleman while a New York Philharmonic musician
Gerald Appleman was born on July 19, 1936 in Los Angeles, California.
After study in Los Angeles, Gerald Appleman was admitted to the Juilliard
School, where he studied with Leonard Rose, graduating in 1959
BA in Music. In the US Army, Gerald Appleman played in the
Seventh Army Symphony - Germany in which a number of other later
famous US orchestral musicians also played. After the Army,
Gerald Appleman was cellist in the Pittsburgh Symphony and the San Antonio
Symphony. Then, in the 1964-1965 season, after Jules Eskin
left for the Boston Symphony, George Szell selected Gerald Appleman
as Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. The next season in
1965-1966 season, George Szell named Gerald Appleman and Lynn Harrell to be
alternating Principal cellos. In that season, Gerald Appleman and
Lynn Harrell alternated in the first chair. After that season,
Gerald Appleman joined the New York Philharmonic cello section in the
1966-1967 season. Appleman was soon advanced to the Assistant
Principal cello chair 102. All during his career, Gerald
Appleman was active in chamber music, particularly the New Jersey Chamber
Music Society. He has also been continuously active in summer music
festivals, including the Allegheny Music Festival - Pennsylvania, the
Marlboro Festival - Vermont, and the Festival Casals - Puerto Rico.
Lynn Harrell was born in New York City on January 30, 1944. His was a
musical family, his father Mack Harrell being a singer, and his mother
Marjorie Fulton Harrell a violinist. Unfortunately, by age 17, Lynn
Harrell had lost both his parents; his father dying of cancer in 1960 and
his mother in 1962 of an automobile accident. His family had moved
to Texas, and after high school, Lynn Harrell gained admittance first to
the Juilliard School and then to the Curtis Institute. He graduated
from Curtis in the Class of 1963. Following Curtis, he was appointed
to the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1963-1964 season by George Szell.
He played in the Cleveland cello section for two seasons, 1963-1965.
Szell then named Lynn Harrell as alternating Principal cello in the
1965-1966 season. Harrell alternated with Gerald Appleman in the
first chair. In the next season, Szell appointed Lynn Harrell as
the Principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra. At the end of the
1970-1971 season, Lynn Harrell decided to pursue a solo career, a challenging
task for any orchestral musician - many have tried and few succeeded.
Lynn Harrell made his New York debut recital in 1971 and went on to success.
In 1975, Murray Perahia and Lynn Harrell, two future superstars, won the
first Avery Fisher Prize. Lynn Harrell went on to a career appearing
with every great conductor and orchestra around the world, yet still finding
time for outreach to young musicians and would-be musicians. This
continues today. Throughout his career, Lynn Harrell has been active
in summer music festivals, including the Verbier Festival - Switzerland,
the Aspen Festival - Colorado, the Grand Tetons Festivals - Wyoming, and
the Amelia Island Festival - Texas.
Harrell has also been active in chamber music, including a famous
piano trio of Anne-Sophie Mutter violin, Lynn Harrell cello and
André Previn piano. He also nominated for a Grammy for his recording
of the Beethoven String Trios with Itzhak Perlman violin, Pinchas Zukerman
viola, and Lynn Harrell cello. No doubt Lynn Harrell has much more
of his artistry to share with us.
William Stokking Jr. was born in Ventnor, New Jersey, near Atlantic City on
April 6, 1933. His Dutch-born father, William Stokking Sr. was a
professional violinist, playing in theater orchestras who gave his son his
first musical instruction. His mother was Swedish-born.
Stokking studied with Gregor Piatigorsky at the Curtis Institute, graduating
in the Class of 1949. William Stokking joined the cello section of the
Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in the 1958-1959 season, and remained
for two seasons until 1960. William Stokking returned to the Cleveland
Orchestra as Principal cello in the 1971-1972 in the interim between George
Szell's death and the appointment of Lorin Maazel, when Pierre Boulez was
Musical Advisor. Stokking remained Principal cello until the end of
Lorin Maazel's first season in Cleveland 1972-1973. William Stokking
then returned to Philadelphia, appointed Principal cello of the Philadelphia
Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy in the 1973-1974 season. William Stokking
served as Principal cello in Philadelphia for 33 seasons, retiring at the end
of 2002-2003. In the early 2000s, William Stokking, a long-time New Jersey
resident was Principal cello of the Princeton Chamber Symphony. William
Stokking's wife Nancy is also a cellist, playing freelance and teaching.
Stephen Geber was born in Los Angeles, California on August 17,
1942. His mother and father were both professional
cellists 82. Stephen Geber grew
up in Van Nuys, California and was successful even in his teens,
winning at age 17 the "$300 Annual Young Artists Competition
Award of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Association"
82. Because of the award, as a soloist, Geber
played the Boccherini Cello Concerto with the Symphony.
Stephen Geber went on to study at the Eastman School of Music,
gaining his BMus in 1965. Following Eastman, Stephen Geber
joined the cello section of the Boston Symphony 1965-1973.
During this time, he was also a member of the Music Guild
String Quartet consisting of BSO musicians
Gerald Gelbloom second,
viola, and Stephen Geber cello 83. In the 1973,
Stephen Geber won the audition for the Principal cello position
of the Cleveland Orchestra, succeeding William Stokking.
Stephen Geber went on to the longest tenure (to date) of the
Cleveland Orchestra Principal cello position, earning consistently
excellent critical reviews, while still being one of the most liked
and respected Principals by his colleagues. During this
tenure, Stephen Geber also continued active in chamber music,
including his membership in the Cleveland Orchestra String Quartet.
Following his retirement from the Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen
Geber has become Head of the Cello Department of the Cleveland
Institute of Music, continuing his active teaching career.
Also, every May, Stephen Geber conducts a cello festival for
advanced young cellists in Carmel in his native California.
Mark Kosower was born in Wisconsin on December 17, 1976, and grew
up in Eau Claire, 100 km east of Minneapolis. He began cello
studies early with his cellist father Paul R. Kosower.
Mark Kosower studied at Indiana University, graduating in about
1998 with a BMus and artist diploma. At IU, Kosower studied
with Janos Starker, father-in-law of William Preucil. Mark
Kosower then went on for further studies at the Juilliard School,
earning a MMus in about 2001. Mark Kosower was Principal
cello of the Bamberg Symphony in northern Bavaria, Germany
2006-2010. Mark Kosower is actively interested in contemporary
compositions as well, and in Bamberg, recorded actively.
For NAXOS in 2009-2010, Mark Kosower recorded the Alberto Ginastera
(1916-1983) Cello Concerto no 1 performed with Lothar Zagrosek
and the Bamberg Symphony. Kosower was the first cellist to
record the complete catalogue of works for solo cello by the great
Argentine composer Ginastera. During the period in which Kosower
was Principal cello in Bamberg, he also taught cello
and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory 2005-2007.
As well as his orchestral career, Mark Kosower continues to be an
active performer with world orchestras and at recitals, including with
his pianist wife Jee-Won Oh (who is also an Indiana University
graduate). Mark Kosower's achievements at what is still an
early stage of his career promises yet more creative attainments
over the coming decades.
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James D. Johnston was the first Principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra.
A decade before the founding of the Cleveland Orchestra, James Johnston was
also a founding member of the Marcosson Quartette:
Sol Marcosson first,
Charles Rychlik second,
James Johnston viola,
Charles Heydler cello. Click on the thumbnail
picture below to see the Marcosson Quartette in 1908.
Marcosson Quartette in 1908 (click on image to enlarge)
The Marcosson Quartette was later renamed the Cleveland Philharmonic
String Quartet under the sponsorship of the women's club the
Philharmonic Club of Cleveland, and active 1908-1928.
Carlton Cooley in a 1938 NBC publicity drawing 145
Carlton Cooley was born in Milford, New Jersey (west of New York City) on
April 15, 1898. Cooley studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy
with Frederick Hahn (formerly of the Boston Symphony) and Camille Zeckwer,
and later with the famous violin teacher Percy Goetschius (1853-1943)
at the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard) 42. In the
1919-1920 season, the 21 year old Carlton Cooley joined the viola section
of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cooley then moved to the Cleveland
Orchestra, selected by Nikolai Sokoloff to be Principal viola,
succeeding Herman Kolodkin in the 1920-1921 season. The next
season, Sokoloff moved Cooley to the first stand of the first violins,
next to Concertmaster Louis Edlin, as what we would call today
Associate Concertmaster. This was for one season. Then,
in the 1922-1923 season, Nikolai Sokoloff moved Cooley back to the
Principal viola position of the Cleveland Orchestra where he remained
under Sokoloff and then Artur Rodzinski until the end of the 1936-1937
season. Cooley left Cleveland to become Principal viola of the
NBC Symphony. He would have been hired by Artur Rodzinski, who
know Cooley from Cleveland, and selected Carlton Cooley even though he
was raiding his own Cleveland Orchestra. Rodzinski, already known
as an orchestra-builder had been appointed to organize and prepare the
NBC Symphony for Arturo Toscanini. Carlton Cooley remained
Principal viola of the NBC from 1937-1954 during all the years of Maestro
Toscanini's tenure. Cooley of course participated in the
South American tour of the NBC Symphony in the Summer of 1940.
After leaving the NBC Symphony upon Toscanini's retirement, Carlton
Cooley joined the Philadelphia Orchestra viola section under Ormandy
in the 1954-1955 season at the same time as Harry Zaratzian moved
from the New York Philharmonic to become Principal viola of the
Philadelphia Orchestra. Two seasons later, beginning 1956-1957,
Carlton Cooley was appointed Principal viola, succeeding the departing
Harry Zaratzian. Carlton Cooley remained with the Philadelphia
Orchestra for 9 seasons (plus a tenth, counting 1919-1920), until he
reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in the 1962-1963 season.
Cooley is particularly remembered for his recording of Berlioz
Harold in Italy under Toscanini, as well as the 1951 Toscanini
Enigma Variations and for Cooley's solos in the Richard Strauss
Don Quixote under Ormandy, with Lorne Monroe, cello.
Carlton Cooley also recorded with Ormandy his own composition: the
Aria and Dance for Viola and Orchestra, which Nikolai Sokoloff
had also performed in 1926 with the Cleveland Orchestra. Carlton
Cooley died in Stockton, New Jersey (about 15 miles
from his birth place) in November 1981.
Samuel Lifschey was born in New York City on May 6, 1889. He studied
violin under Arnold Volpe (1869-1940) in the 1910s. By 1917, Lifschey
was a viola player in the New York Symphony under Walter Damrosch.
Lifschey also played at the Maverick Festival at Woodstock, New York during
the summers in the early 1920s. For two seasons, 1921-1923, Samuel
Lifschey was Principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra. Samuel
Lifschey then was appointed Principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra
by Leopold Stokowski in the 1925-1926 season. Lifsched served as
Principal viola in Philadelphia for thirty seasons, 1925-1955.
Elias Lifschey, father of Marc Lifschey the oboe Principal of the San
Francisco Symphony, was also a viola player. Elias Lifschey played
viola in the NBC Symphony under Toscanini. However, the relationship
of Elias Lifschey to Samuel Lifschey, although probably is still subject to
research. In 1936, Time Magazine in a breezy article reported
"...Samuel Lifschey, leader of the viola section, has been a
six-day bicycle racer, a dentist, a pharmacist, an engineer..."
38. Although interesting, the information about Lifschey
"being a dentist, a pharmacist, and engineer" is not further
elucidated. Samuel Lifschey died in Philadelphia in 1961.
Leon Frengut was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 8, 1904 of Russian-Jewish
parents who had emigrated from the Ukraine in 1892 (perhaps following the cholera
epidemic of that year in the Ukraine). Already by age 15 at the end of 1919,
Leon Frengut was a professional musician in Baltimore. In the late 1920s,
Leon Frengut succeeded in gaining admission to the Curtis Institute, where he
graduated in the Class of 1932. In 1937, Artur Rodzinski, who had taught
at Curtis while Frengut was studying there hired two
new viola players for the Cleveland Orchestra: Leon Frengut
as Principal viola and Tom Brennand in the second viola chair. Leon Frengut
was Principal viola for two seasons, 1937-1939. When Leon Frengut left
the Cleveland Orchestra at the end of the 1938-1939 season, Tom Brennand succeeded
him in the Principal viola position. In the 1950s, Leon Frengut also played
in the Symphony of the Air's Far East tour in May and June, 1955.
Leon Frengut was active in the Stuyvesant Quartet, whose membership changed over
time, but with Frengut was: Sylvan Shulman first,
Rona Robbins second, Leon Frengut viola, Harvey Shapiro cello. This group
recorded a number of chamber works for the Nonesuch label in the 1960s.
Leon Frengut was an active recording sessions musician in New York City
in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He recorded orchestra support for
Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, tony Bennett and other leading singers of that time.
Leon Frengut died in Long Island, New York in August 1970.
Tom Brennand joined the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1937-1938 season in
the viola section, at the same time as the selection of his stand partner,
Leon Frengut as Principal viola. Upon the departure of Frengut,
Tom Brennard was promoted to the Principal viola position
during three seasons, 1939-1942. Then, on the selection of William
Lincer as Principal cello, Tom Brennard was in the second viola chair for
a further twenty-three seasons, 1942-1965.
William Lincer was born in Malverne on Long Island, New York on
April 6, 1907. His early musical studies were as a violinist.
Lincer was admitted to the Institute of Musical Art (later Juilliard) in
about 1915. William Lincer also studied at Harvard University.
William Lincer played with the Gordon String Quartet for seven seasons,
first, David Sackson second, William Lincer
viola, Naoum Benditzky cello. The quartet was disbanded when
Jacques Gordon (1899-1948) suffered his stroke. William Lincer was
appointed Principal viola of the Cleveland
Orchestra by Artur Rodzinski in the 1942-1943 season.
Following Cleveland, William Lincer was Principal viola of
the New York Philharmonic beginning in the 1943-1944 season,
probably at the request of Rodzinski, who had just become
Music Director of the Philharmonic. In New York, William
Lincer succeeded Zoltan Kurthy as Principal viola. In his
twenty-nine seasons at the Philharmonic, 1943-1972, Lincer served
under seven Music Directors: Artur Rodziński, Bruno Walter
(Music Advisor), Leopold Stokowski (Co-Principal Conductor
with Mitropoulos), Dimitri Mitropoulos, Leonard Bernstein,
George Szell (Music Advisor) and Pierre Boulez.
William Lincer died on July 31, 1997 in New York City
consequent to an aortic aneurysm.
Marcel Dick was born on August 28, 1898 in Miskolc, Hungary,
150 km from Budapest. Marcel Dick was a child prodigy.
He was admitted to the Royal Academy, Budapest in about 1912, studying
violin and with Zoltan Kodaly, he studied composition. Following service
in World War 1, Marcel Dick played violin with the Budapest Opera
and with the Budapest Philharmonic. In the 1920s, Marcel Dick
became Concertmaster (Principal) of the Vienna Symphony. In
Vienna, Marcel Dick was one of the founding members of the Kolisch
String Quartet. At that time, in the early 1920s, the Kolisch
String Quartet consisted Rudolf Kolisch first, Fritz Rothschild
second, Marcel Dick viola, Joachim Stutschewsky cello. In
May, 1934, with the rise of Nazi influence, Marcel Dick decided to
emigrate to the United States with his with his American wife
Ann Dick. In the 1943-1944 season, Marcel Dick was selected
by Erich Leinsdorf to become Principal viola of the Cleveland
Orchestra. Marcel Dick was Principal viola for six seasons
1943-1949. Following the Cleveland Orchestra, Marcel Dick
became Chairman of the Department of Graduate Theory and Composition
at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Marcel Dick died in
Cleveland Heights, Ohio on December 13, 1991.
Abraham Skernick was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 4, 1923.
His initial viola studies were with John King Roosa (violin), Emanuel Vardi
and Nicolas Moldavan (viola) 86. He was viola with the
St. Louis Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. In the 1949-1950 season,
Abraham Skernick was selected to succeeded Marcel Dick as Principal
viola with the Cleveland Orchestra by George Szell. Abraham Skernick
was Principal viola in Cleveland for 27 seasons, 1949-1976. While
performing in Cleveland, during summers, Abraham Skernick also was active in a
number of festivals, including the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico
and those in Chautauqua Festival and the Aspen Music Festival 87.
He taught at Indiana University from which he retired in 1991. Abraham
Skernick died in Bloomington, Indiana, home of IU on December 13, 1996.
Robert Vernon was born in Toronto, Canada on May 5, 1949, and grew
up in Detroit, Michigan. Robert Vernon studied at the Juilliard
School, graduating with honors in about 1970. Following Juilliard,
Vernon played with the St. Louis Symphony under Walter Susskind, where
he was Associate Principal viola 96 in about about 1971-1976.
Robert Vernon has been active in a number of summer festivals, including:
the Aspen Colorado Festival, Cleveland's own Blossom Festival, the Marlboro
Festival, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Sarasota Music Festival,
the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, the Round Top Festival in Texas,
the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, the Silvermine Chamber Music Program
in Connecticut, where he performed some of the leading string quartet
repertoire. In May, 2009, Robert Vernon
gave the premiere of the Paul Chihara viola concerto When Soft Voices Die95. Throughout his career, Robert Vernon has been active
as a teacher. Robert Vernon is Chairman of the viola department
at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In September, 2008, he
was appointed to the music faculty of his alma mater, the Juilliard
School. After more than three decades leading his section of the
orchestra, Robert Vernon in performance continues to show the enthusiasm
for the repertoire and the clean execution which are key characteristics
of his art.
Marc Lifschey, famous Cleveland Orchestra oboe said
'...the oboe is the Queen of the woodwinds,
unrivaled by any other instrument of the section in its
authoritative tone.' 3
1918-1919 Albert Marsh
1918-1919 Dominic Aldi
Dominic (or Dominick) Aldi was born in Italy on August 28, 1876.
He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky with his father, Andrew Aldi, a laborer,
and his mother Mary Marcuccio. In the 1910 census, Dominick Aldi is
listed as a "street musician" in Louisville. Dominic Aldi
became the first Principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra
in the 1918-1919 season. In 1919-1920, Nikolai Sokoloff brought
in Philip Kirchner, with whom Sokoloff had played in the Russian Symphony
Orchestra of New York about 5 years previously to replace Aldi.
Dominick Aldi then played the English horn of the oboe section for one
additional season, 1919-1920. Dominick Aldi's activities during
most of the decade of the 1920s is not evident, although he seems to have
returned to Louisville. However, he died young.
Dominick Aldi, as he was then listed, died in Louisville, Kentucky on
October 19, 1929, age only 53.
Philip Kirchner was born in Vilnius, then Russia and now Lithuania on
March 11, 1890. He emigrated to the U.S. with his family in
1906. Both Philip Kirchner, and his bassoon playing brother Morris
Kirchner were members of the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York,
probably at the time, about 1913, when Nikolai Sokoloff was Concertmaster
of the Russian orchestra. Philip Kirchner was oboe with the New York
Philharmonic in 1917. Then, Philip Kirchner and his younger brother
together joined the Cleveland Orchestra. They were
selected by Nikolai Sokoloff in his second season in Cleveland,
1919-1920; Philip Kirchner as Principal oboe, and Morris Kirchner initially
as second bassoon. Nikolai Sokoloff knowing the brothers from
the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York probably negotiated a combined
offer with them. Philip Kirchner succeeded Dominic Aldi, who moved
to the second oboe chair. Philip Kirchner continued with the
Cleveland Orchestra for twenty-eight seasons, until the end of the
1946-1947 season. Philip Kirchner seems to have been one of the
numerous Principal musicians dismissed (officially he 'resigned') from
the orchestra by the new Music Director George Szell. Philip
Kirchner died in the suburbs of Cleveland on June 26, 1970.
Bert Gassman was born in New York City on May 29, 1911. As a child,
Bert Gassman began with violin lessons, but changed to oboe at about age
thirteen. At age 16, Gassman won a scholarship to the Damrosch School
of Music, which was later absorbed into the Juilliard School. Bert
Gassman joined the Cleveland Orchestra oboe section at age 19 in the
1930-1931 season. Gassman was primarily English horn solo for
fourteen seasons in Cleveland, 1930-1944. Bert Gassman then went to
New York to join the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While at the
Metropolitan, according to Laila Storch's excellent biography of
Marcel Tabuteau (How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can't
Peel a Mushroom?56), Bert Gassman met Marcel Tabuteau
in New York, and although a seasoned professional, Gassman began
taking the early train to Philadelphia to study with Tabuteau. In
1938, Bert Gassman became Principal oboe of the Orquestra Sinfonica de
Mexico under Carlos Chavez, where he remained for 7 seasons.
Gassman played English horn in the famous 1946 Stravinsky recording
of his Pastorale for Violin, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and
Bassoon with Joseph Szigeti, violin, Mitch Miller, oboe, Robert
McGinnis, clarinet, and Sol Schoenbach, bassoon in New York.
Then, George Szell, taking up the Music Direction in Cleveland, and
who had conducted Bert Gassman many times, hired him back to the
Cleveland Orchestra as Principal oboe in Szell's second and third
seasons, 1947-1949. Bert Gassman then left for the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, where he was Principal oboe for twenty-five seasons,
1949-1974. Bert Gassman died in Orange County, California on
November 14, 2004, age 93.
Alfred Genovese was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 25, 1931. His
father was also a musician. At age 16, Genovese began study with John Minsker
who had previously been English horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Admitted
to the Curtis Institute, Alfred Genovese was one of the last oboe students of Marcel
Tabuteau. Upon graduation from Curtis in the Class of 1953,
Genovese became an oboe with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for three seasons
1953-1956. Alfred Genovese then went to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra where
he was Principal oboe under Vladimir Golschmann and Edouard van Remoortel 1956-1959.
In the 1959-1960 season, Genovese went to the Cleveland Orchestra as Principal
oboe briefly for one season under George Szell. This was the single season in which
Marc Lifschey was away from Cleveland during his long Cleveland tenure 1950-1959 and
1960-1965. In this 1959-1960 season, Lifschey was Principal oboe of the Metropolitan
Opera. Upon his return to Cleveland, Alfred Genovese replaced him as Principal
oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the 1960-1961 season. Alfred Genovese
remained at the Metropolitan Opera for 17 seasons 1960-1977. In the 1977-1978
season, with the departure of Jack Holmes from Boston, Alfred Genovese left the Metropolitan
Opera to take the third oboe chair (Associate Principal oboe) of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra. Wayne Rapier moved up to the second chair (Assistant Principal) of
the Boston Symphony oboes. Upon the retirement of Ralph Gomberg
at the end of the 1986-1987 season, Alfred Genovese took the first chair oboe position.
In the Boston Symphony programs for the 1987-1990 seasons, Alfred Genovese was listed as
"Acting Principal oboe" He was then confirmed in the first chair position and is
now deservedly listed as Principal oboe 1987-1998. Alfred Genovese was a regular at
the Marlboro Music Festival in the summers from at least 1955 into the 1980s. He was
also a New York freelance session musician in the early 1970s at the time he was with the
Metropolitan Opera. He he has taught oboe at the New England Conservatory of Music,
and the Manhattan School of Music. Alfred Genovese retired from the Boston Symphony
at the end of the 1997-1998 season.
Marc Lifschey was born June 16, 1926 in New York City. His
father, Elias Lifschey was also a violist who played with the NBC
Symphony under Toscanini. Marc Lifschey studied with Ferdinand
Gillet, Bert Brenner, and with Marcel Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute
in Philadelphia 19. He was briefly in the oboe section of the
Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. Marc Lifschey was first oboe in the National
Symphony Orchestra in Washington 1948-1950. He then went to the Cleveland
Orchestra as Principal in 1950. Lifschey remained in Cleveland until the
end of the 1964-1965 season, except for one year. The exception was the
1959-1960 season, when he was Principal oboe with the Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra 19.
Marc Lifschey in San Francisco
Contemporaries said that George Szell dismissed Marc Lifschey to free him
to appoint John Mack as Principal oboe following the 1964-1965 Cleveland
season. After leaving Cleveland, in 1965, Marc Lifschey joined the
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Josef Krips.
Lifschey was initially co-Principal oboe of the SFSO with
Jean-Louis LeRoux, from about
1965-1970 19. Lifschey was subsequently named
Principal oboe, and served with the San Francisco Symphony for a total
of twenty-one seasons, from 1965-1986. 1984, William Hewlett
(cofounder of Hewlett-Packard) endowed the Edo de Waart chair of Principal
oboe and Lifschey occupied the chair until he retired in 1986.
From 1993-1998, Marc Lifschey taught at Indiana University, until
retiring to Oregon. In the orchestra and teaching, Marc Lifschey
had the reputation for being both kind and generous, different from the
teaching style often adopted by teachers with a European conservatory
training. Marc Lifschey died at age 74 on November 8, 2000 in
Portland, Oregon from complications resulting from diabetes.
John Mack was born in Somerville, New Jersey October 30, 1927, and took up
the oboe at age 13. John Mack
studied first in New York City at the Juilliard School of Music with
Harold Gomberg and Bruno Labate. Mack then entered the Curtis
Institute in Philadelphia where he studied with Marcel Tabuteau.
After Curtis, John Mack joined the the Sadler Wells Ballet 1951-1952
tour of the U.S. In the 1952-1953 season Mack was appointed
Principal oboe of the New Orleans Symphony, where he remained for 11
seasons (until the end of the 1962-1963 season). In the summers of
1952 and 1953, John Mack was Principal oboe of the Pablo Casals
Festivals in Prades, France and then in Perpignan, France. Mack played
for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington for two
seasons, 1963-1965. John Mack was appointed Principal oboist of the
Cleveland Orchestra by George Szell beginning in the 1965-1966
season. Mack remained with the Cleveland Orchestra under
George Szell, and his successors Lorin Maazel and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
John Mack retired from the Cleveland Orchestra at the end of the
2000-2001 season. For more than 25 years, John Mack taught at
the John Mack Oboe Camp, a summer music camp organized in 1976 by
Principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic, Joseph Robinson, a John
Mack student. The camp was held each summer in Little
Switzerland, North Carolina and still continues today. John
Mack also taught many oboists at the Cleveland Institute, and later
at Juilliard. John Mack died in Cleveland, Ohio July 23, 2006 after surgery for
brain cancer at the age of 78. He was active until his last days.
Jeffrey Rathbun was born in Missouri on March 17, 1959, and raised in Texas.
He studied at the University of North Texas north of Fort Worth, BMus in 1981, and
later at the Cleveland Institute of Music MMus 1983. At CIM, he studied with
his predecessor as Principal oboe, John Mack.  Jeffrey Rathbun has played in a
succession of symphony orchestras. First, the Honolulu Symphony 1983-1984.
Then the Oakland Symphony 1984-1986 and San Francisco Symphony 1986-1988). Next,
Jeffrey Rathbun joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1988-1990. Then in the
1990-1991 season, Jeffrey Rathbun was appointed Assistant Principal oboe of the
Cleveland Orchestra by Christoph von Dohnányi. As well as his Assistant Principal
oboe responsibilities, during 2001-2003, Jeffrey Rathbun served as Principal oboe of
the Cleveland Orchestra. Jeffrey Rathbun is also an active
composer, and the Cleveland Orchestra has premiered his Daredevil,
Three Psalms of Jerusalem, and Motions for Cellos, performed by
the Cleveland cello section.
Laura Griffiths was born January 27, 1969. She studied oboe with
Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music, earning her Bachelor's
in Music and Performer's Certificate. Laura Griffiths was Principal
oboe Rochester Philharmonic from
about 1995-2002. In 2003, Laura Griffiths won the competition for
the Principal oboe chair of the Cleveland Orchestra. Although widely
respected for her tone and musicianship, her Cleveland contract was not
renewed following the normal two year probation period.
Laura Griffiths then went to San Francisco, where she became Principal
oboe with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Acting Principal oboe
of the San Francisco Opera.
Frank Rosenwein was born in Illinois on November 2, 1978. He grew up
in Evanston, Illinois, where, after piano, he began oboe lessons at about
age 11. Frank Rosenwein played oboe through High School, and then
played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (the Chicago training orchestra)
and at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Rosenwein studied at the
Cleveland Institute of Music with his predecessor, John Mack. After
graduation from CIM, Frank Rosenwein earned his Master's degree at the
Juilliard School. Rosenwein was oboe in the San Diego Symphony
2002-2005. After winning the Cleveland Orchestra audition for Principal
oboe in 2005, Frank Rosenwein served the usual two year probation, before
gaining orchestra tenure. Rosenwein is respected for his musicianship
and leadership of the wind choir of the orchestra.
The identity of R. J. Griffith remains (for me at least) unknown as to
birth, education and career. However, Donald Rosenberg in his seminal
work The Cleveland Orchestra Story, 'Second to None'1 writes regarding Griffith: "...Sokoloff trying to
convey an interpretive detail...Griffith ignored the explanation and
continued conversing with another musician...Sokoloff asked him to
refrain...Griffith refused...'is that all you care about your work'
asked Sokoloff...'I play as well as you conduct' came the retort...
". Following this exchange during the first 1918-1919
season, Sokoloff immediately dismissed Mr. Griffith. Abraham
Reines was then elevated to the first bassoon chair where he served
during the remainder of 1918-1919 and during 1919-1920.
Poor quality passport photo of Abraham Reines in 1920
Abraham Reines, born in New York City in February, 1896, came
from a family of bassoon musicians. His father, Morris Reines
(1870-1953) a Russian émigré was a long-time bassoon
with the New York Symphony under Walter Damrosch.
His brothers Philip Reines (1893-1948), Leo Reines (1898-1991),
and Nathan Reines (1908-1979) were all were bassoonists in the
John Philip Sousa Band111. Philip Reines
was in the bassoon section of the Minneapolis Symphony
1915-1916, a musician in New York Theaters: the Globe Theater
about 1916-1922 and Capital Theater 1932-1936, and in the
bassoon section of the New York Philharmonic 1925-1932
112. Leo Reines played bassoon with the
National Opera Company in New York, as well as playing
with the John Philip Sousa Band, the Conway Band, the
Creatore Band, and the Bachman Band 112. Leo
Reines also toured South America with Pavlowa's Russian Ballet,
in 1918 and with the Isadora Duncan Ballet. Leo Reines was
long-time bassoon with the Cincinnati Symphony
Nathan Reines played with the
Minneapolis Symphony 1924-1925, the St. Louis Symphony
and the Chicago Symphony where he was second bassoon 1944-1946
and Principal contrabassoon 1945-1946, before returning to
New York City. In the next
generation, Joseph Reines (1918- ), son of Philip Reines and grandson of
Morris Reines was bassoon and contrabassoon
in the US Navy Band about 1948-1961.
Abraham Reines played bassoon in the John Phillip Sousa Band in the
summers 1915-1921 111. Abraham Reines was part of
Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony bassoon section during its full
1920-1929 Morris Kirchner
Morris Kirchner was born on July 15, 1894 in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part
of Russia. He was younger brother of Cleveland Principal oboe
Both Morris Kirchner, and his oboe-playing brother Philip Kirchner were
members of the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York, probably at the time,
about 1913, when Nikolai Sokoloff was Concertmaster of the Russian
orchestra. Morris Kirchner seems to have played with the
Russian Symphony of New York from 1913 until at least 1918.
Morris Kirchner and his older brother Philip Kirchner
together joined the Cleveland Orchestra. They were
selected by Nikolai Sokoloff in his second season in Cleveland,
1919-1920; Philip Kirchner as Principal oboe, and Morris Kirchner initially
as second bassoon. The next season, 1920-1921, Morris Kirchner was
elevated to Principal bassoon. Nikolai Sokoloff knowing the brothers from
the Russian Symphony Orchestra of New York probably negotiated a combined
offer with them. Morris Kirchner continued with the Cleveland
Orchestra as Principal bassoon for nine seasons, 1920-1929. He
then departed for one season, but returned to the Cleveland Orchestra
bassoon section for three additional seasons, 1930-1933. Brother
Philip Kirchner remained with the Cleveland Orchestra for twenty-eight
seasons, until he was dismissed by George Szell at the end of the 1946-1947
season. Morris Kirchner returned to New York City, and played in
the Paul Whiteman Band in the late 1930s. In the 1940s,
Morris Kirchner was in the bassoon section of Arturo Toscanini's
NBC Symphony. Morris Kirchner died in 1970.
Poor quality passport photo of Gaston Duhamel in 1923
Gaston Duhamel was born in St. Omer, France in the Pas-de-Calais,
100 km north of Paris on April 22, 1874. He emigrated to the
US in 1899, where he was long-time Principal bassoon with the
Cincinnati Symphony under
Frank Van der Stucken (1858-1929).
Gaston Duhamel also was active in summer festivals, including as
Principal bassoon of the 1903 Cincinnati May Festival under
Theodore Thomas. He was Principal bassoon of the Cincinnati
Symphony in the 1900s until about 1922. During that period,
Duhamel also taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory.
In 1922-1926, Gaston Duhamel
taught at the Eastman School of Music and was Principal bassoon of
the Rochester Philharmonic. Gaston Duhamel was appointed as
Principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra by Nikolai Sokoloff
in the 1929-1930 season. Gaston Duhamel died after 1951.
William Polisi was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 26,
1909. He studied at the Curtis Institute, graduating in the
Class of 1935. William Polisi was appointed Principal bassoon
by Artur Rodzinski, who knew Polisi from the Curtis Institute.
Polisi left the Cleveland Orchestra in 1937 to join Arturo Toscanini's
NBC Symphony, probably again selected by Artur Rodzinksi, who was
selecting many of the NBC Symphony musicians.
Ernest (Ernst) Kubitschek was born in the Moravian-Czech area of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire on November 12, 1889. Ernst Kubitschek trained as a
bassoonist in Vienna in his teenage years. Ernst, or Ernest
Kubitschek as he became, emigrated to the California in 1913 where he was
a theater musician at a movie house in Oakland, across the San Francisco Bay.
Ernest Kubitschek joined the San Francisco Symphony in its fourth season,
1914-1915 under founding conductor Henry Hadley. Kubitschek remained
Principal bassoon in San Francisco for three seasons, 1914-1917. After
being away for two seasons, Kubitschek returned to the San Francisco Symphony,
now under Alfred Hertz, where he remained for a further twenty seasons,
1919-1934 and 1936-1941 93. When the San Francisco Symphony season
was suspended during 1934-1935 at the depth of the great depression, Ernest
Kubitschek joined the Cleveland Orchestra for one season as Principal
bassoon under Artur Rodzinski in 1935-1936. Subsequent to Pierre Monteux
reviving the San Francisco Symphony, Ernest Kubitschek returned to
San Francisco, becoming Principal bassoon for two decades, 1936-1956.
In San Francisco in the mid-1920s, Ernst Kubitschek also played with
Henry Cowell's New Music Society, giving the premiers of several
works by Henry Cowell and Charles Ruggles in 1926-1927 141.
Ernest Kubitschek died in Napa, California in the
heart of the Napa Valley wine country on September 7, 1968.
Frank Ruggieri was born in Philadelphia on November 17, 1906. Upon
the death of his mother in 1918 and of his father in 1920, Ruggieri
moved to his uncle, Robert Sensale who was contra-bassoon with the
New York Philharmonic for 37 years 16. At age 18,
Frank Ruggieri returned to Philadelphia to play in the Fox theater
orchestra. Back in Philadelphia, Ruggieri was accepted at the
Curtis institute, where he studied with Walter Guetter and Ferdinand del
Negro, graduating in 1932. In the 1932-1933 season, Frank
Ruggieri became Principal bassoon with the National Symphony, under
Hans Kindler. In the summers, Frank Ruggieri continued to play
in the summer orchestras of the New Jersey sea shore, including
Ocean City, New Jersey. In 1937,
Ruggieri was named Principal Oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra under
Artur Rodzinski. After serving in
the Air Force during World War 2, Ruggieri returned to the Cleveland
Orchestra for the 1945-1946 season. In 1946, Ruggieri moved to
New York City to freelance. He played with the New York City
Center Opera and the Radio City Music Hall. In 1949, Ruggieri
was named second bassoon with the New York Philharmonic, following
the footsteps of his uncle Robert Sensale. Ruggieri remained with the
New York Philharmonic until the end of the 1971-1972 season, when he
reached the 65 retirement age. At Ocean
City, NJ, Ruggieri continued this activity every summer, becoming
conductor, which he continued until 1986. Frank Ruggieri died in
a New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia on June 18, 2003, age 96.
Elias Carmen was born in New York City on December 12, 1912. He
studied at Dewitt Clinton High School, the City College of New York
and at the Institute of Musical
Art (later Juilliard). Artur Rodzinski appointed
Elias Carmen as Principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra
1942-1943. Elias Carmen was Principal bassoon in Arturo Toscanini's
NBC Symphony Orchestra at the end of its existence in about 1953-1954.
He continued as Principal bassoon in the Symphony of the Air after
NBC ended support of the NBC Symphony. Carmen was head of the
personnel committee of the Symphony of the Air 1955-1956.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Elias Carmen taught at Yale University
School of Music. Elias Carmen was also
Principal bassoon of the New York City Ballet Orchestra in the
1971-1974 seasons. However, Elias Carmen died during the
New York City Ballet 1973-1974 season in an automobile accident on
December 21, 1973 in West Nyack, New York.
George Goslee was born on the last day of 1916, December 31, 1916
in Cleveland, Ohio in a middle class family. George Goslee
took up the bassoon at age 12 and later studied with
bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra during 1925-1936. Goslee studied at the
Eastman School of Music with Vincent Pezzi, who was Principal bassoon of the
Rochester Symphony. In his last two years at the Eastman School in 1938
and 1939, George Goslee also played with the Rochester Philharmonic and the
Rochester Civic Orchestra, primarily as contrabassoon.
In late 1939, Goslee went to New York and studied with Simon Kovar
(1890-1970 and teacher of Sol Schoenbach and others). Goslee
played with the Indianapolis Symphony 1941-1943. During
the next two seasons, from 1943-1945 Goslee was Principal bassoon in
Cleveland, appointed by Erich Leinsdorf. Then, for one season
1945-1946, George Goslee joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal
bassoon under Eugene Ormandy. When
returned from service in World War 2, there was a controversy
as to who would be Principal bassoon in Philadelphia. This was
a situation experienced by a number of orchestras with musicians
returning from the war, with two musicians, but with only one chair.
In Philadelphia, Sol Schoenbach prevailed, taking the Principal chair
for the 1946-1947 season where he would remain for a further 11 seasons.
George Goslee was invited back to Cleveland in the 1946-1947 season
as Principal bassoon by the newly arrived George Szell.
Goslee remained with the Cleveland Orchestra with a distinguished career
until he retired in August, 1988 after 45 seasons of service.
During this period, he was in demand as a teacher, and was appointed
Chairman of Bassoon Studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
When the Blossom Music Festival was organized, it was intended as a
teaching experience, as well as concert giving, somewhat like Tanglewood,
and Goslee taught at Blossom since its inception in 1968. George
Goslee was also active in music festivals, including a number of years
teaching at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. The artistry
of George Goslee can be heard in the many recordings of the Cleveland
Orchestra under George Szell, Pierre Boulez and Lorin Maazel. In
particular, the Stravinsky Rite of Spring and the Berceuse from
the Firebird, as well as the famous 1966 recording of the Bartok
Concerto for Orchestra, the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique,
and the 1978 Rimsky-Korsakov Shéhérazade recording. George
Goslee died October 19, 2006, aged 89 with good health until just days
before his death.
David McGill was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1963. He began clarinet
studies at age 11, but soon switched to the bassoon. David McGill
studied with Jane Orzel, then Principal bassoon of the Tulsa
Philharmonic. When Jane Orzel relocated to California, David McGill
auditioned for the Principal bassoon position in Tulsa, which he won.
He joined the Tulsa Philharmonic in his senior year of high school,
1980-1981. He then entered the Curtis Institute,
where he graduated in the Class of1985. After Curtis, he held a
series of Principal bassoon positions. First, for three seasons,
David McGill was Principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony 1985-1988
under Sir Andrew Davis (1975–1988). Then, David McGill was then
appointed Principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra 1988-1997
under Christoph von Dohnányi. Third, and until today, David McGill
was appointed Principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony in the
autumn of 1996, succeeding the legendary Willard Elliot. McGill
took up the first chair in Chicago beginning in September 1997.
One of the famous bassoons of the world, in 2001, David McGill won a
Grammy Award as Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra for
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording of the Richard Strauss
Wind Concerti with Barenboim. In 1994, McGill played the
world premiere of the Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz (1917-2007)
work Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra which was
written for David McGill. During the 2003-2004 season, McGill
took sabbatical leave from the CSO, during which season he taught
at Indiana University. As well as teaching, David McGill
has written on performance, including Sound in Motion:
A Performer’s Guide to Greater Musical Expression
published by Indiana University Press. You can read of
this book at the link
click to see David McGill's book Sound in Motion
. David McGill continued the great
tradition of the double-reed musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra
over the last century.
John Clouser was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 10, 1962.
He studied at Gordon College in Wenham, about 50 km south of Boston,
Massachusetts, and at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Trenton State College and Gordon College, studying under teachers such as
Principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Assistant Principal bassoon of the Boston Symphony.
Following graduation, John Clouser was Memphis Symphony Principal
bassoon for six seasons 1988-1994. He then was appointed
Associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
for three seasons 1994-1997 under Charles Dutoit. In 1997, John Clouser
won the audition to become Principle Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra,
succeeding David McGill, who went to the Chicago Symphony as
Principal bassoon. John Clouser is also active in summer music festivals,
including Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado, the Flagstaff Music
Festival which has a mixture of music, Grand Teton Music Festive located
at Yellowstone Park, Peninsula Music Festival on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin,
and the Round Top Music Festival in Texas.
Louis Green was one of those talented musicians who played more than one
instrument of different families while in the Cleveland Orchestra.
As well as his primary instrument, the clarinet, Louis Green also played
viola. He played viola during the 1919-1920 season and also bass
clarinet in that same season. Louis Green was then advanced to the
Principal clarinet for five seasons by Nikolai Sokoloff. Green
also played second clarinet in Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Walter Thalin was born in Worchester, Massachusetts August 23, 1896.
In his later years, Walter Thalin said that his father was a clarinet
enthusiast, and went to the length of putting a clarinet into Walter's
crib (that is starting early) 79. Walter Thalin
studied at the New England Conservatory, graduating in about 1914.
In 1917, Walter Thalin played in the theater orchestra of the Strand
Theater of his home town Worchester, Massachusetts. Walter Thalin
served in the US Army in France in 1918-1919. He was clarinet
with the Minneapolis Symphony twice, first in the 1922-1923 season.
At that time, he studied with
Georges Grisez, Boston Symphony and Philadelphia
Orchestra Principal clarinet who was then Principal clarinet of the
Minneapolis Symphony 159. Walter Thalin was appointed
Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra by Nikolai
Sokoloff in the 1925-1926 season. Thalin also played with the
NBC Radio staff orchestra in New York City in the early 1930s.
Walter Thalin then returned to Minneapolis for fifteen more seasons,
1937-1952. Back in New York City in the 1950s, Walter Thalin
played in several Broadway shows including The Music Man.
Thalin played clarinet in the summers with the Chautauqua Symphony.
In the late 1950s, Walter Thalin relocated to the Los Angeles area.
He played in the Hollywood studios orchestras, including the
Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra. He also played clarinet
with the Long Beach Municipal Band, 1957-196679.
Walter Thalin died in Long Beach, California on October 18, 1969.
Louis deSantis born April 22, 1880 at Torino di Sangro in the
Abruzzo Region of Italy. Louis deSantis emigrated to the
US in about 1916. In the early 1920s, Louis deSantis was
clarinet of Chicago Lyric Opera. He then joined the Saint
Louis Symphony in about 1924-1926.
In the 1926-1927 season, Nikolai Sokoloff selected deSantis as
Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra. deSantis
remained in Cleveland for three seasons. Then, deSantis
was selected as Principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra
in the 1930-1931 season. Since the failure to re-hire
Rufus Arey in 1924, Stokowski had been generally satisfied with
Daniel Bonade as Principal. However, at the end of the 1929-1930
season, Stokowski made sweeping changes to the Philadelphia
Orchestra roster, including replacement of several Principals,
including Daniel Bonade. Stokowski hired Louis deSantis,
but this lasted only one season 1930-1931. During that
same season, Stokowski had hired the young Robert McGinnis directly
out of the Curtis Institute into the Philadelphia Orchestra clarinet
section. In the next season, 1931-1931, Stokowski elevated
Robert McGinnis to the Principal clarinet chair, and Louis deSantis
departed. During 1930-1935, Louis deSantis
was Principal clarinet with the CBS radio Orchestra under
Howard Barlow (1892-1972). This was a desirable post during
the Depression years, since it was year-around employment, unlike
any of the symphony orchestras of that era. Also, although
generally forgotten today, Howard Barlow was a generally gifted and
interesting conductor. His only conducting training was
apparently some brief lessons from Wilberforce Whiteman, father
of Paul Whiteman. Similarly, his knowledge of instruments,
including the cello and wind instruments was essentially self-taught.
Howard Barlow was conductor of the CBS radio orchestra from
1927-1943, and from 1943-1959 on NBC radio and then television,
with the the long-running Voice of Firestone orchestral
programs. As to Louis deSantis, the early 1940s, he was
a member of the Philadelphia region WPA Orchestra, according to
World War 2 draft records. Louis deSantis seems to have
continued to reside in suburban Philadelphia, where he
died prior to 1960. Contemporary writers considered Louis
deSantis's clarinet style (although he was Italian-born) to be
French in style, somewhat like Daniel Bonade or Gaston Hamlin
of the Boston Symphony.
Henri LeRoy was born in Armentières in the north of France just on
the Belgian boarder in 1874. Henri LeRoy was a member of the
Garde républicaine band in Paris 109 in about 1900.
Henri LeRoy was Principal clarinet of the New York
Alexander Selmer for four seasons,
1911-1914. While playing in the Philharmonic, Henri
LeRoy was one of the founders of the Philharmonic Ensemble, a
wind quintet with violin consisting of Henri Leroy clarinet,
horn, August Mesnard bassoon,
Anton Fayer flute, and joined by
, then Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic
110. Henri was Principal clarinet in the
New York National Symphony 1918-1921 which then merged
with the New York Philharmonic in 1921. Henri LeRoy became
a US citizen in 1923. He was appointed Principal clarinet of
the Cleveland Orchestra by Nikolai Sokoloff for one season,
1929-1930. LeRoy then went on to play in concerts and
radio in the early 1930s. Henri LeRoy died later than 1932.
Aaron Gorodner (Photographer unidentified, n.d. Courtesy of the
Cleveland Orchestra Archives)
Aaron Gorodner was born in Babruysk, then part of Russia and
now in Belarus on December 26, 1893.
Gorodner played with the John Philip Sousa Band in the later
1920s 111. By 1930, Aaron Gorodner played in
the NBC radio staff orchestra of WEAF in New York City.
Aaron Gorodner made the first recording of
Roy Harris's Concerto for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet
with the Aeolian Quartet on Columbia in 1933s 78.
Also in chamber music during summer music festivals in 1938, Aaron
Gorodner toured with the the Roth Quartet, under Feri Roth (1899-1969)
first, Jeno Antal second, Ferenc Molnar viola, and Janos Scholz
click here to see a photograph of the Roth Quartet
). Aaron Gorodner played with the Goldman Band
in the 1940s, based in New York City, which gave a series of
concerts in Central Park during World War 2. He was also
one of the early teachers of his successor in the Cleveland
Principal clarinet chair,
. After returning to
New York, Aaron Gorodner was a long-time resident of Flushing
in Queens, where he died in October, 1984.
Alexander Pripadcheff was born on August 20, 1897 in Tomsk in
in Siberia in central Russia. Pripadcheff studied at the
Imperial Conservatory in Moscow 80. Alexander
Pripadcheff left Russia during the revolution, and joined the
touring Russia Grand Opera Company touring China and Japan.
Pripadcheff came to the US in December, 1921 via Japan, arriving
in Seattle. In that year, Pripadcheff also became a US
citizen. He continued with the Russian Grand Opera Company,
as second clarinet, and in 1923, Pripadcheff toured the US
with them. This group, organized by Leo Feodoroff, was made
up of Russian émigrés. In the 1920s, Alexander Pripadcheff
was based in New York City, where he also continued his clarinet
studies with Simeon Bellison (1883-1953) who was later Principal
clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. Pripadcheff toured with
the Ballet Russe during two US tours. In the
1931-1932 season, Alexander Pripadcheff was appointed Principal
clarinet by Nikolai Sokoloff, where he stayed for two seasons.
Alexander Pripadcheff then returned to opera, being appointed
Principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera in the 1930s.
After a career of two decades at the MET, Alexander
Pripadcheff died while on a visit to his family in
Siberia in July, 197180.
Daniel Bonade at the time of the Cleveland Orchestra
Daniel Bonade was born on April 4, 1894 in Geneva, Switzerland, of
French parents. He studied clarinet at the Paris Conservatoire
in the clarinet class of Prosper Mimart and also studied with Henri
Lefebvre, clarinet of the Paris Opera. Bonade won clarinet Premier
prix at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1913 Concour. In 1915
in Paris, Daniel Bonade played clarinet in the Garde républicaine Band,
along with fellow-clarinetist and later Philadelphia Orchestra
. Daniel Bonade
relocated to the U.S., initially to New York City in March, 1915, at age
20. In 1916, Bonade joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russe second American
tour under Ernest Ansermet. Bonade then joined the Philadelphia
Orchestra in 1917 as Principal clarinet when Leopold Stokowski decided
to replace Robert Lindemann. Bonade stayed in Philadelphia until
the end of the 1921-1922 season. During the 1922 and 1923 seasons
Bonade was touring and playing concerts in France, Italy, Switzerland,
Belgium and England. He then returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra
as Principal clarinet in 1924 when the Philadelphia Orchestra could not
reach agreement with Rufus Arey to continue Arey's contract
Daniel Bonade in the 1920s
Bonade was again Principal clarinet in Philadelphia until the end of the
1929-1930 season when he was succeeded by Louis deSantis, his predecessor
in Cleveland. During 1931-1933 Daniel Bonade was Principal clarinet
with the CBS Radio Symphony in New York City, providing year-around
employment, compared with the limited seasons of contemporary symphony
orchestras. Then, from 1933 to 1941 he was Principal clarinet with
the Cleveland Orchestra. Daniel Bonade joined the Toscanini-NBC Symphony
tour to South America in the summer of 1940. In 1942, Daniel Bonade
again played for the CBS Radio Orchestra. Daniel Bonade was teacher
to many later famed orchestral clarinetists, and had in the US an impact
in clarinet playing perhaps similar to Marcel Tabuteau for the oboe.
While in Philadelphia, he taught at the Curtis Institute and while in
Cleveland at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Similarly, when
in New York, Daniel Bonade taught at the Julliard School 1948-1960. From
the 1930s until their departure for France, Daniel and his wife Maud Bonade
retained a permanent residence in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
While in the US, nearly every Summer, except the war years, the Bonades
also sailed for France. In fact, during the 1920s and 1930s,
Bonade seemed to have crossed the Atlantic by steamship at least 9
times. Bonade was a US citizen from 1920.
Daniel Bonade circa 1950s
Daniel and Maud Bonade retired to Cannes on the south coast of France
in 1960, where he died in November, 1976.
Robert McGinnis was born in Delaware County, west of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania on February 1, 1910. His father, Claude Stonecliffe
McGinnis (1881-1964) was a Physics professor at Temple University,
Philadelphia, but also an amateur clarinetist. Robert
McGinnis was a student of Daniel Bonade at the
Curtis Institute from 1925, graduating in May, 1930. McGinnis
joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Autumn of 1930, and
became Principal clarinet 1931-1940. During the 1940-1941
season, McGinnis was the Principal clarinet of the Cleveland
Orchestra under Rodzinski. During World War 2, 1942-1945, he was
in the U.S. Navy Band. Following the War, he returned to the
Cleveland Orchestra as Principal clarinet for one season,
1946-1947. Then, in the 1947-1948 season, McGinnis was Principal
clarinet of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini, and also taught at
Juilliard. McGinnis then moved to the New York Philharmonic as
Principal clarinet 1948-1960. At the end of the 1959-1960
season, Robert McGinnis retired from the New York Philharmonic
and then taught clarinet at Indiana University 1960-1963. After
McGinnis, Stanley Drucker became Principal clarinet of the New
York Philharmonic beginning with the 1960-1961 season. In an
interesting posting on Klarinet Archive, Daniel Leeson wrote:
"…I recently received a charming note from Sara McGinnis
Thomson, daughter of the late Robert McGinnis, among other
things formerly first clarinet in the New York Philharmonic,
immediately preceding the extended and remarkable tenure of the
current principle player Stanley Drucker. She wrote to me
because of a posting I made on the Klarinet some time ago and in
which I spoke of seeing McGinnis playing with Paul LaValle's
Band of America at the World's Fair in New York City in 1964. My
comments at that time were that I was shocked that a player of
McGinnis' competence was reduced to playing a couple of shows a
day under Paul LaValle, and she said, "To my knowledge, dad had
to play those gigs to bring money in. He could not hold an
orchestral position anymore because he was debilitated by
arthritis and was in constant and severe pain. He passed away in
1976 of a heart attack." Robert McGinnis finished his
orchestral career playing Co-Principal clarinet (with Philip
Fath) with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Joseph
Krips 1964-1969. After a remarkable career playing with a long
series of leading U.S. orchestras, Robert McGinnis died on
January 1, 1976 in Huntington, New York, age 65.
Gino Cioffi was born in Naples, Italy in 1913 of a musical family.
Cioffi studied clarinet at the Naples Conservatory with Piccione and
Carpio. Cioffi graduated from the Conservatory in 1930.
(note: was Gino Gioffi related to
" Principal violin of the Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra two generations previously?) Gino Cioffi arrived in the U.S.
in 1937, playing first with the orchestra of the New York Radio City
Music Hall. Cioffi then played with the Pittsburgh Symphony
until the end of the 1941-1942 season. Cioffi then went to the Cleveland
Orchestra as Principal clarinet for two seasons 1942-1944. Over the next
six seasons, Gino Cioffi was at the Metropolitan Opera, and briefly for
the New York Philharmonic. Then, Gino Cioffi became Principal clarinet
of the Boston Symphony in the 1950-1951 season under Charles Munch.
Gino Cioffi was always a colorful personality. It is said that
during his audition with Charles Munch in 1950, he played beautifully
the clarinet excerpt from Daphnis et Chloé.
The story is that Cioffi than said "Pretty good, pretty good,
huh? D'ya wanta to hear something else?" According to
the story, Munch immediately hired Cioffi, saying "Anyone with
that much confidence we have to have in the orchestra.".
Cioffi typically played on an adapted Selmer clarinet 59
with a Crystal mouthpiece. An irreverent story told more than once
about Cioffi is that he would frequently say "...When I'ma play
good, its a justa like Jesus Christ. When I'ma play bad, its
still better than anybody else !"59 Gino Cioffi
remained Boston Symphony Principal clarinet for 21 seasons, retiring
(or in fact, being asked to retire) at the end of the 1969-1970 season.
He may have been retired both because of being at retirement age,
and due to cardiac problems (he had gained considerable weight in
A story told by Gino Cioffi student and clarinet scholar
Sherman Friedland 59 shows Gino Cioffi in his later years
still to be a distinctive personality. Cioffi just after his
dismissal was walking with BSO Bass clarinet Felix 'Phil' Viscuglia,
and every few steps, Cioffi would "...stop and say to Phil,
'hey what I did?, What I did?'..." Gino Cioffi lived
in suburban Boston until after 2001.
Emerson Both was born in Lyons in rural Wisconsin, about 50 km
from Milwaukee on July 24, 1902. In the 1930s, Emerson Both
was a staff musician for NBC radio in Chicago. Emerson Both
was Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra for one season,
1944-1945 during the culmination of World War 2. In that season,
the Cleveland Orchestra clarinet section consisted of Emerson Both
Carl Kuhlmann Eb clarinet, and
Assistant Principal and Bass clarinet.
Emerson Both then had the opportunity to return to Chicago to resume
his position as Principal clarinet of the NBC Chicago radio staff
orchestra. When George Szell was appointed Music Director
in Cleveland for the 1945-1946 season, one of the musicians he
stated that he wished to play as Principal was Emerson Both
75. However, Both decided that he preferred
to return to Chicago to the NBC radio staff orchestra.
Not only did this position offer steady, year-around employment,
which neither the Cleveland Orchestra nor the Chicago Symphony
offered at that time, but also Emerson Both would be somewhat
shielded from the hiring and firing decisions of Szell.
George Szell was not the most volatile of the great conductors
as to the turnover of orchestra musicians, but in this decision,
Emerson Both was likely correct. Emerson Both died
relatively young in Chicago on January 21, 1964, age 61.
Stanley Hasty was born on 21 February 21, 1920 in rural McCook,
Nebraska, more than 250 km away from any major city, his father
working for the Union Pacific railroad. The Hasty family was
musical, and all the Hasty children played instruments 75.
Hasty later said "...the reason I started playing clarinet
was because my brother had played clarinet and had a wonderful set
of Belgian clarinets..." 75. Stanley Hasty would
take a one day train trip each way (free, due to his father's occupation)
to Denver to study with Val P. Henrich (1890-1980), who was Principal
clarinet of the Denver Symphony. In 1937, Stanley Hasty entered
the Eastman School in Rochester on a full scholarship, where he was a
classmate of Harold Meek, later horn with the Boston Symphony.
Stanley Hasty graduated from Eastman with his performer’s certificate
and BMus. in 1941. Then in 1942 Stanley Hasty received a graduate
scholarship to study at the Juilliard School. After Juilliard,
Hasty gained his first full-time orchestral post: Principal clarinet
of the National Symphony of Washington DC during the 1943-1944 season.
In its early years, the National Symphony was low paying with
consequent high turnover. Stanley Hasty moved to the
Indianapolis Symphony as Principal clarinet for
the 1944-1945 season. After one season, Hasty auditioned for
Erich Leinsdorf, then conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Hasty was appointed Principal in Cleveland for the 1945-1946 season.
With the appointment of George Szell, Hasty lost his position.
Donald Rosenberg writes that Szell's contract "...called
for the orchestra to be increased by eight players, and for every
effort to be made to reengage flutist Maurice Sharp, clarinet
Emerson Both, bassoonist George Goslee, and hornist
Philip Farkas..." 1. When Emerson Both
preferred to remain in Chicago, Szell engaged Robert McGinnis to
return to Cleveland as Principal clarinet. Stanley Hasty
then moved to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the next
two seasons 1946-1948. After Baltimore, Hasty played Principal
clarinet with the Pittsburgh Symphony for seven seasons 1948-1955.
In 1955, Stanley Hasty returned to his alma mater, the Eastman School
of Music. He taught there for the next three decades 1955-1985.
As is usual at Eastman, Stanley Hasty also was Principal clarinet with
the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, serving for thirteen seasons,
1955-1968. Stanley Hasty's many students include Larry Combs,
Sean Osborn and Peter Hadcock. Stanley Hasty retired from
the Eastman School in 1985, and died on June 22, 2011 leaving behind a heritage
of many leading orchestral and "pop" musicians who were his
Bernard Portnoy (photograph by Zinn, Arthur, and Kufeld, n.d. Courtesy of the
Cleveland Orchestra Archives)
Bernard Portnoy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 4,
1914. His parents, Bennie and Rachael Portnoy were Russian-Jewish
émigrés from the Ukraine who came to Pittsburgh in 1906. Bernard
Portnoy began playing the clarinet at age 13. In about 1931, Bernard
gained admission to the Curtis Institute, where he studied with
. McGinnis and Portnoy shared an interesting number of Principal
clarinet positions over their careers, including of the Cleveland
Orchestra, the NBC Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Bernard Portnoy graduated from Curtis in the Class of 1937.
Following graduation, Bernard Portnoy was appointed Principal clarinet
of the Pittsburgh Symphony by Fritz Reiner, serving from about
1937-1940. In the 1940-1941 season, Bernard Portnoy
returned to Philadelphia to join the Eugene Ormandy and the
Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal clarinet. Portnoy
remained in Philadelphia as Principal for four seasons 1940-1943.
During World War 2, beginning in 1943, Portnoy entered
the US Merchant Marine, although he remained on the official
roster of the Philadelphia Orchestra until 1946. At the
conclusion of World War 2, in 1946, Portnoy was not returned
to the Principal clarinet position in Philadelphia, so is listed
as Philadelphia Principal clarinet 1940-1943.
There are some accounts that Portnoy had alienated certain of his
Philadelphia colleagues. Instead, in 1946 he joined the
Cleveland Orchestra. Bernard Portnoy went to Cleveland in
George Szell's second season as Music Director, 1947-1948.
Portnoy remained in Cleveland for six seasons. Then in 1953,
Portnoy joined the NBC Symphony for the last two seasons of
Arturo Toscanini tenure. After the NBC Symphony, remaining
in New York, Portnoy was a New York sessions musician and played on
Broadway, including the Broadway cast recording of My Fair Lady
with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. In New York, Portnoy also
played regularly in the WOR Mutual Broadcasting Orchestra, which had
the advantage of year-around employment (unlike any of the symphony
orchestras of that era other than the Boston Symphony).
While in Philadelphia, Portnoy taught at the Curtis Institute,
and then at the Julliard School in the 1950s and early 1960s
while in New York City. For example,
, later also Principal clarinet of the Cleveland
Orchestra studied with Bernard Portnoy at Juilliard. Then
for 20 years, Bernard Portnoy taught clarinet at Indiana University
in the 1970s and 1980s. In his retirement from orchestra life,
and while at Indiana University, Bernard Portnoy became a successful
designer and manufacturer of clarinet mouthpieces and ligatures.
Bernard Portnoy died in Marin County, California, north of San Francisco,
on December 2, 2006, two days before his 92nd birthday. You
can hear Bernard Portnoy in his prime in 1940 with Leopold Stokowski and
the Philadelphia Orchestra
in the Mozart Sinfonia concertante by clicking here.
Robert Marcellus was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 1, 1928. His early clarinet
studies were with Earl Handlon, bass clarinet of the Minneapolis Symphony for 26 seasons,
1925-1951. During World War 2, in 1944, his family moved to Washington, DC.
This gave Marcellus the opportunity to take the train to New York City to study with
his great predecessor as Principal clarinet in Cleveland:
Daniel Bonade. While in Washington, Robert Marcellus was appointed
Second clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra 1945-1946. Then, 1946-1949,
Robert Marcellus played in the US Air Force Band in Washington. Still in Washington,
Marcellus returned to the National Symphony as Second clarinet 1949-1950, and Principal
clarinet 1950-1953. Then, in 1953-1954 when Bernard Portnoy departed to join
Toscanini's NBC Symphony, George Szell appointed Robert Marcellus as Principal clarinet
of the Cleveland Orchestra. Robert Marcellus served in Cleveland as Principal
clarinet for twenty seasons, 1953-1973 under George Szell, Pierre Boulez, and Lorin
Maazel. The heights of his career can still be enjoyed via the many recordings
he made with all three Music Directors. Unfortunately, Robert Marcellus also
suffered from diabetes, which in that era was less controllable than today.
His deteriorating health led to his retirement at the end of the 1972-1973 season.
He was succeeded by David Shifrin, who had briefly studied with Marcellus.
Robert Marcellus taught at Northwestern University, Chicago 1974-1994.
Marcellus's diabetes eventually lead to loss of central vision due to retinopathy,
but he was still able to teach. His impact on his many students is witnessed
by the glowing tributes, continuing years after his death. Robert Marcellus
after a full career died in Door County, Wisconsin on March 31, 1996, age 67.
David Shifrin was born in 1950 and grew up in Flushing, Queens, New York
City. His first musical study was in High School. His older cousin
Lalo Schifrin, the composer saw Shifrin's talent and recommended further clarinet
training. In 1964, David Shifrin entered the School of Performing Arts in
New York City. Also, for three years, David Shifrin studied at
Interlochen in Michigan with the clarinetist Fred Ormond. Shifrin was
also Principal clarinet with the American Symphony Orchestra in New York for
one season. At the Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland for one summer
in 1958, he studied briefly with Robert Marcellus. Shifrin was admitted
to the Curtis Institute, where he graduated in the Class of 1973.
David Shifrin was then Principal clarinet with the Honolulu Symphony about
1973-1974. He then went to the Dallas Symphony, but for a summer season
in 1974. In the 1974-1975 season, David Shifrin was appointed Principal
clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He held this
first chair of the Cleveland clarinet section for two seasons until the end
of 1975-1976. Following Cleveland, David Shifrin taught at the University
of Michigan from about 1978 to 1982. From 1982-1987, David Shifrin
taught at the University of Southern California. During this time, he
was also Principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which he had
joined in 1978. Following USC, Shifrin then taught at Yale and performed
with the New York Chamber Symphony. He was Music Director of Chamber
Music Northwest, a summer chamber music festival in Portland, Oregon.
He was also Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Franklin Cohen was born July 28, 1946 in New York. His earliest
music instruction was with his mother, a professional pianist.
Frank Cohen studied with two of his predecessors who were Principal clarinet
with the Cleveland Orchestra. His early clarinet instructors
(1893-1984), also of course a Principal clarinet
with the Cleveland Orchestra 1930-1931, and who later taught in New York
City. Frank Cohen then studied clarinet at the Juilliard School,
, Principal clarinet not only of the
Cleveland Orchestra, but also the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philadelphia
Orchestra, and Toscanini's NBC Symphony. Following Juilliard, Franklin
Cohen the mid-1960s was Principal clarinet of the American Symphony
Orchestra, appointed by Leopold Stokowski. In 1968, Franklin Cohen
won First Prize, Clarinet at the ARD Music Competition in Munich
57. [Note: it is interesting to note the parallels
of Franklin Cohen's early career with the career of David Shifrin,
who also was Principal clarinet of the American Symphony, won
Third Prize, Clarinet at the ARD Music Competition in 1977 57,
and of course was Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra for
two seasons, 1974-1976.] After the American Symphony Orchestra,
Franklin Cohen went on to assume the Principal chair of the
Baltimore Symphony. Cohen has also been active in a number of
music festivals, including: Marlboro, Casals, Sarasota, Aspen, and
Santa Fe. One of Cohen's recent innovative performances in May,
2010 was of the 1994 composition by Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ):
Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind in the original
version for (a klezmer-style) clarinet and string quartet.
His performance, with his violinist daughter Diana is available his
Franklin Cohen CD label. Franklin Cohen is also Head
of the Clarinet Department 58 at the
Cleveland Institute of Music. After more
than three decades as Principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra,
Frank Cohen's enthusiasm for his art still shines through in his
performances, carrying on the great tradition of the Cleveland
Costa Clappe is listed, along with
Joseph Fiore, as Principal flute of the
Cleveland Orchestra in its first season 1918-1919. Perhaps they were
Co-Principals during the creation of the Cleveland Orchestra in its first
season. However, his details have not yet been identified. Perhaps he
was related to the great bandmaster Arthur A. Clappe (1850-1920), who
was also a flutist.
1918-1919 Joseph Scuticchio Fiore
Joseph Fiore was born in Calabria, Italy at the extreme boot of Italy,
150 km south of Naples in 1882. Joseph Fiore studied first with
his musician father Leonardo Fiore. Joseph Fiore emigrated with his
family to Ohio at age 13. Joseph Fiore died at an unexpected young age in
Cleveland in 1928, age only 46.
Weyert Moor was born in Delft, the Netherlands on October 15,
1877. He emigrated to the US in 1905. In 1907,
Weyert Moor joined the US Army West Point Band 1907-1911.
In 1910 in New York City, Weyert Abram recorded a series of musical
cylinders for Edison, including with bassoon
In about 1915, Weyert Moor joined the Rivoli Theater Orchestra
in New York City, one of the leading Broadway theaters.
After going through two unsuccessful Principal flutes, Nikolai
Sokoloff was seeking quality. He was successful in engaging
Weyert Moor to come to Cleveland as Principal flute of the
Cleveland Orchestra. During the next twelve seasons, as well as
the Cleveland Orchestra, Weyert Moor was a member
of the Cleveland Woodwind Ensemble,
Philip Kirchner oboe,
Weyert Moor flute,
Aaron Gorodner clarinet,
Morris Kirchner bassoon. Weyert Moor also recorded for
Edison records in 1915 and during the 1920s. While in
Cleveland, Weyert Moor was also head of the flute department
of Cleveland Institute of Music 100.
By 1933, Weyert Moor relocated to California, where he played
in the Hollywood studio orchestras 99. Weyert
Moor also composed an operetta The Song of Araby which
was broadcast in California in April, 1934 99.
Weyert Moor also owned a book store in North Hollywood 1933-1941.
Weyert Moor died in San Bernardino, California, east of
Los Angeles on August 21, 1959.
Bernard Goldberg was born In Belleville, Illinois, just across the
Mississippi river from St. Louis on January 27, 1923.
Bernard Goldberg made his solo debut with the St. Louis Symphony
when he was 16 years old. He attended the Juilliard School,
graduating in about 1943. He had studied with the legendary
Georges Barrère (1876-1944) and was one of Barrère's last
students. Bernard Goldberg joined the Cleveland Orchestra
initially as piccolo in the 1943-1944 season, selected by Erich
Leinsdorf. In the 1945-1946 season, Bernard Goldberg was
elevated to Principal flute. With the appointment of
George Szell as Music Director in the 1946-1947 season, Bernard
Goldberg left the Cleveland Orchestra.
Goldberg became Principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony
under Fritz Reiner in the 1947-1948 season.
Goldberg remained with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Principal flute
under six Music Directors 1947-1993. While in Pittsburgh,
Bernard Goldberg was also active in the International Society
of Contemporary Music giving numerous concerts of contemporary
music 99. Following retirement from the
Pittsburgh Symphony, was conductor of the McKeesport Symphony
- Pennsylvania 1993-2001.
On January 14, 1919, Martin Heylman was born in Cleveland, Ohio where
he spent his whole life. Martin Heylman joined the Cleveland
Orchestra under Artur Rodzinski as piccolo for two seasons, 1941-1943.
Martin Heylman then served in World War 2, before returning
to the Cleveland Orchestra in 1946-1947, when he was Principal
flute. However, George Szell had negotiated the return of
Maurice Sharp whom he wished to be Principal flute.
For contractual reasons, then, Martin Heylman was Principal,
while Maurice Sharp simply joined the flute section.
In the 1946-1947 season then, the flute section was Martin Heylman
Principal flute, Maurice Sharp second flute, Robert Willoughby
third flute, and Robert Morris fourth flute. The next season,
1947-1948, Heylman and Sharp switched chairs, with Sharp becoming
Principal flute, Szell achieving one of his initial objectives
with the orchestra. Martin Heylman then served in the flute
section a further 34 seasons, 1947-1981. Martin Heylman
also taught flute at Kent State University near Cleveland.
Martin Heylman died in Cleveland on January 27, 2004.
Maurice "Moe" Sharp in Australia - with friend - during the September-October
1973 Cleveland Orchestra Australian tour. Thanks to George F. Goslee Jr. for this photo
taken by his father George F. Goslee, the great Cleveland Principal bassoon and avid
Maurice "Moe" Sharp was born in Indiana on December 12, 1908.
Maurice Sharp was admitted to the Curtis Institute in 1927, where he studied with
Philadelphia Orchestra Principal flute William Kincaid and also in certain classes
the great oboist and musician Marcel Tabuteau. Sharp graduated
from Curtis in the Class of 1931. On graduation, Maurice
Sharp became Principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, selected by Nikolai Sokoloff.
Sharp served in the Principal chair until 1945, including under the demanding
Artur Rodzinski. In the 1945-1946 season, Maurice Sharp moved to the
New York Philharmonic, probably at the demand of Artur Rodzinski. When
George Szell was appointed Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, terms of
George Szell's engagement called for every effort to reengage
Maurice Sharp as Principal flute 1. Maurice Sharp then
returned to the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1946-1947 season.
It seems that contractually, he had to return as Second flute, Martin Heylman
having a contract as Principal. However, the next season, Maurice Sharp
was named as Principal flute, with Martin Heylman trading chairs to become
Second flute, with Robert Willoughby Third flute, and Robert Morris Fourth
Curtis Institute alumni in Cleveland 1933:
standing: Guy Boswell trombone, Maurice Sharp flute;
seated: Alice Chalifoux harp, William Polisi bassoon
remained Principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra
for a further thirty-five seasons, until
1982. In summers, Maurice Sharp was a regular flutist at
the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Maurice Sharp was
head of the flute department at the Cleveland Institute of
Music 1946-1982. As to his performance style, reviewing
recordings of Maurice Sharp, Rosamund Plummer (Principal piccolo
Sydney Symphony) wrote that "...the most obvious difference
from how we try to play today, being somewhat fast and
shallow..." (not a negative comment). Also,
contemporary critics mentioned Maurice Sharp's ensemble playing
style, eschewing any seeking of the solo spotlight.
Maurice Sharp retired from the Cleveland Orchestra in 1982
following a record of fifty seasons of service.
Maurice Sharp died in Shaker Heights, Cleveland, Ohio on
March 11, 1986.
Jeffrey Khaner was born on December 22, 1958 in Montréal, Canada.
Early in his career, Khaner was Principal flute of the Atlantic Symphony
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Khaner studied flute with Jeanne Baxtresser
at the Juilliard School, where he graduated in 1980. Following
graduation, in the 1981-1982 season, Khaner was co-Principal flute
(with Bernard Goldberg ) of the Pittsburgh Symphony under André Previn.
Jeffrey Khaner was then appointed Principal flute of the Cleveland
Orchestra in the 1982-1983 season at the end of Lorin Maazel's
Khaner served in Cleveland for eight seasons, and also
taught flute at the Cleveland Institute of Music. For the 1990-1991
season, Riccardo Muti selected Jeffrey Khaner to become Principal flute of
the Philadelphia Orchestra. During his tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra
and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeffrey Khaner has made many excellent recordings,
including of chamber works, such as the CD of flute sonatas by Robert and
Clara Schumann, and by Brahms on Avie Records, shown above. He has
also recorded Ned Rorem's Flute Concerto with the great José Serebrier and
the Bournemouth Symphony on Naxos.
José Serebrier and also Jeffrey Khaner are long-time friends of Ned Rorem
and advocates of his compositions, and the Rorem Flute Concerto
was written for Khaner and premiered by him with the Philadelphia Orchestra
in 2003. Jeffery Khaner carries on the historic tradition of
Philadelphia Orchestra flutists, and
reviews, such as the New York Times speak of "...his consistently agile
and thoughtful playing, and in particular by his sense of character..."
Since joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeffrey Khaner has taught
flute at the Curtis Institute, and starting in 2004, Khaner was also
appointed to the faculty of his alma mater, the Juilliard School.
After two decades as Principal flute with the Philadelphia Orchestra,
Jeffery Khaner continues to show a distinctive beauty of tone and depth
of interpretation which has led him to the Principal position of several of
the greatest orchestras of the US, including both the great Cleveland Orchestra
and the great Philadelphia Orchestra.
Joshua Smith was born in New Mexico in 1976. Like his Cleveland Orchestra
violist colleagues Patrick Connolly and Richard Waugh, Joshua Smith played in
the Albuquerque Youth Symphony in his home town in about 1986-1987.
Joshua Smith was then admitted to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia,
and also studied at the Blossom Music Festival. However, early in 1990,
before he had graduated from Curtis, he successfully auditioned with the
Cleveland Orchestra, and was appointed Principal flute by
Christoph von Dohnányi. Smith graduated from Curtis with his artist
diploma in May, 1990, and joined the orchestra. Joshua Smith
teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he heads the flute
department. Joshua Smith has also been active in chamber music,
including with the Cleveland Piano Quartet. In his book
The Cleveland Orchestra Story, "Second to None",
Donald Rosenberg wrote "...The new flutiest [Joshua Smith] was
destined to be one of Dohnányi's most inspired hires..." 1.
This is a conclusion still shared by critics and Cleveland music
lovers, as Joshua Smith continues the rich flute tradition of the
Arthur or Arturo Cerino was born in the town of Giffoni Valle Piana in the
Campagnia region of Italy, 100 km east of Naples on March 16, 1887.
He emigrated to New York City in 1907. During 1916-1918, Arthur Cerino
played in the orchestra of the Rialto Theater in Manhattan, New York, playing
five shows each day. This was on Broadway in New York City and referred
to as the "Temple of the Motion Picture". Arthur Cerino served
in the US Army during World War 1 from April 19, 1918 to February 14, Feb 1919.
In Cleveland, Nikolai Sokoloff went through four Principal horns in the
first four seasons of the Cleveland Orchestra. Arthur Cerino was the
second of the four. He was Principal horn in the 1919-1920 season,
playing with Alphonse Pelletier, Frank Amor, Richard Forkert. After
the 1919-1920 season, Arthur Cerino returned to New York City. In 1924,
Arthur Cerino joined the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in New York City 69.
Beginning in 1930, Arthur Cerino was a musician in the NBC radio staff
orchestra in New York City. Arthur Cerino transitioned from the
NBC radio staff orchestra to Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra in
1937. Arthur (listed as Arturo) Cerino was one of the few musicians
who served with Toscanini during the full term of the Orchestra 1937-1954.
Arthur Cerino from a 1938 NBC Symphony publicity drawing 145
When the Berv brothers: Arthur, Jack, and Harry Berv
joined the NBC Symphony in 1938 as first, second and third horns,
Arthur Cerino moved from second horn to fourth horn.
Arthur Cerino died in New York City June 3, 1975 age 88,
and was buried in the military national cemetery on Long Island.
Arthur Geithe born in Munich, Germany on December 27, 1876. He
emigrated to the US, to New York City in 1904. In 1917 to 1920,
Arthur Geithe played in the orchestra of the Strand Theater, in the
Broadway area of New York City, which had
the advantage of year-around employment, except for summers.
In the summer of 1917, Geithe played horn in the Sousa band North
America tour. In the 1920-1921 season, Arthur Geithe was the
third Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra, succeeding Arthur
Cerino. Arthur Geithe returned to New York, where he played
in the New York City Symphony in 1922-1923. Also in the 1920s,
Arthur Geithe was a horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In the late 1920s, Arthur Geithe lived in the Philadelphia area,
where he was a substitute player with the Philadelphia Orchestra
and taught music. In Philadelphia Geither also recorded for
the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, NJ as part of the
"Victor Band" with many Philadelphia Orchestra musicians
such as Anton Horner, Principal horn and Saul Caston, Principal trumpet.
Wendell Hoss was born in Wichita, Kansas November 20, 1892.
His parents were both teachers, but his father, G. W. Hoss
(1840-before 1910) was 24 years older than his mother May Engstrom
Hoss (1861-1946), and he died by the time Wendell was 17 years old.
Wendell Hoss first performed with the Chicago orchestra in 1916 as an
extra, and then played with the Chicago Symphony in the summer of 1918 at
the Ravinia Festival. In 1919-1920, Wendell Hoss was a
horn player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic in its founding season.
In the 1921-1922 season under Nikolai Sokoloff, Wendell Hoss was the
fourth Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra in the first four
seasons. Wendell Hoss also lasted only one season; however the
reason for his departure may have been salary, since except for a few
four or five players, Cleveland musicians of this era had relatively
low salaries and one year contracts. Wendell Hoss them moved to
the much higher-paying Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Principal horn in
the 1922-1923 season. However, Hoss left the Chicago Symphony
because of the dismissal of his mentor Leopold de Maré who had been
Chicago Principal horn for 26 seasons. Thereafter, Wendell Hoss
was Principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic 1924-1930, and also
freelanced in New York City. Hoss then returned to the Cleveland
Orchestra as Principal horn for a further three seasons 1930-1933.
Wendell Hoss relocated to California in 1933. He worked at Hollywood
studios continuously, except for one season in Pittsburgh. Hoss
was Principal horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner in the
1940-1941 season. Moving back to California, Wendell Hoss next
spent eighteen years in the 1950s and 1960s in the Walt Disney studio
recording orchestra and many other Hollywood studio orchestras.
He taught at the Eastman School while in Rochester and the University
of Wisconsin. In California, he taught at the University of Southern
California, Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West, San Diego
State College and the California Institute for the Arts 30.
Wendell Hoss was also one of the founders of the Los Angeles Horn Club
and of the International Horn Society. Wendell Hoss died in
San Diego, California April 15, 1980 active in playing through
the 1970s after and after a full career of performing
Louis Dufrasne was born in Liège, Belgium on December 1, 1877. He emigrated
to the US in 1905. In 1910, he was a horn player in a theater orchestra in
New York City. By 1917, Louis Dufrasne had relocated to Chicago where he
spent the rest of his career. From about 1917, he was Principal horn
in the Chicago Opera. In the 1922-1923 season, Louis Dufrasne was appointed
Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra by Nikolai Sokoloff. Louis
Durfrasne's younger brother
also joined the Cleveland Orchestra cello section
for four seasons, 1922-1926. Louis Dufrasne
was the fifth Principal horn in five seasons, and he did not relocate from Chicago,
but stayed in Cleveland only for concerts. Given the performance practices of
the time, it is possible that Louis Dufrasne continued to play in the Chicago Opera
orchestra while holding the Principal chair in Cleveland. In Chicago, Louis
Dufrasne was a famous horn teacher. Among his many well-known students were
Philip Farkas, Helen Kotas, Clyde Miller and Frank Brouk, all future Principal horns
of leading orchestras including Chicago, Dallas and Cleveland. He was also
the author of pedagogical works including the Dufrasne Routine, and it is
said that he practiced his routine every day of his career. He also had
the reputation as being indefatigable on the horn, which may have been necessary
given the performance load of the Chicago Opera. Although Louis Dufrasne
used the double horn made by famed Chicago craftsman Carl Geyer, Philip Farkas
later said that Louis Dufrasne urged Farkas to play the F horn once a day, so
as not to lose the sound of that horn. Louis Dufrasne died in Chicago
Walter Macdonald was born in Massachusetts on October 19, 1901.
He studied at the New England Conservatory, graduating in 1921.
Walter Macdonald was appointed Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra
in the 1926-1927 season by Nicolai Sokoloff. In that season, the
horn section consisted of Walter Macdonald, Bertram Haigh, Edward E. Grant,
Roman Cras, Vaclav Kec, and Ernest Paananen. The next season,
Walter Macdonald was succeeded as first horn by Lucino Nava, and Walter
Macdonald became third horn in Cleveland. Walter Macdonald
later went on the the Boston Symphony, where he was second horn
for twenty-two seasons, 1932-1955, playing for most of that time
. Walter Macdonald died
during the Boston Symphony 1954-1955 season on March 30, 1955.
Lucino Nava was born in San Luis Potosí, in north-central Mexico
in 1880. He emigrated to the US in 1910, and initially played
horn in the Pittsburgh Symphony. In the 1920s, he recorded with
the Victor Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company. In the
1927-1928 season, Nicolai Sokoloff selected Lucino Nava to succeed
Walter Macdonald as Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra.
After one season in Cleveland, Lucino Nava moved back to New York
City. In 1930, he was Principal horn at the Capital Theater
in New York City, one of the leading theaters at that time.
An attraction of this post would have been year-around
employment, not then available in US symphony orchestras.
Arthur Berv was born in Poland December 29, 1906. He came with his brother
Jack to the US in about 1910. Arthur Berv's brothers, Jack Berv
(1908-1994) and Harry Berv (1911-2005) were also French horn players.
Jack and Harry studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia,
graduating in the class of 1935, after which they joined the Philadelphia
Orchestra horn section, where Arthur was already Principal horn. In
the 1926-1927 season, age only 19, Arthur Berv was Principal horn of the New
York Symphony under Walter Damrosch 134. Arthur Berv was
Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons 1928-1930.
There was an interesting incident involving Arthur Berv when he was
with the Cleveland Orchestra. Nikolai Sokoloff recalled the first
rehearsal of a new work for the electronic instrument invented by Theremin.
This was a symphony by Joseph Schillinger. Sokoloff recalled the first
rehearsal: "...the instrument was wired to a series of outlets on the
stage, Mr. Theremin sat in front of it and we started the rehearsal...
suddenly, the thing emitted the most unearthly, ear-splitting shriek, and
to my horror, I saw our wonderful first horn Isadore Berv keel over in a
dead faint. It took some time to revive the poor fellow and his
instrument was battered by his fall. Theremin was abject in his
apologies... 133. Following Cleveland, Arthur Berv joined
the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski in the 1930-1931 season.
Berv was first co-Principal horn with Anton Horner, and then shared the
first horn chair responsibilities with Clarence Mayer from 1931 to 1935.
Arthur Berv became Principal horn under Eugene Ormandy in the 1935-1936 season.
Berv remained with the Philadelphia Orchestra three more seasons,
until the end of the 1937-1938 season. In 1938, Arthur Berv joined
the NBC Symphony in the second season of Toscanini's direction. The
story usually told is that Toscanini was unhappy with the French horn section
under Frank Stagliano (the first Principal horn selected by Arthur Rodzinski)
which he found at the NBC Symphony, and during his guest conducting of the
Philadelphia Orchestra in 1937, he was impressed by Arthur, Jack and Harry
Berv. The brothers were offered NBC contracts at higher salaries and
for a 52 week season. As a result, in the second season, the NBC
Symphony horn section included Arthur Berv, Principal, Jack Berv,
second horn, Harry Berv, third horn, and Arturo Cerino, fourth horn.
During World War 2, Arthur Berv was horn with the U.S. Air Force Band.
In New York, Berv taught horn at the Manhattan School of Music.
Arthur Berv died on July 8, 1992 in Great Neck (on Long Island), New York.
Dennis Brain, Alfred Brain and Leonard Brain in Los Angeles in
wartime 1945 during the 1944-1945 US tour of the Royal Air Force
Central Band with Dennis and Leonard Brain.
Alfred Brain was born in London on October 24, 1885. His family has
become famous for horn players. His father, Alfred Edwin Brain, Sr.
(1860-1925) was one of the most successful horn soloists of the UK in the
nineteenth century. His brother Aubrey Brain (1893-1955) was Principal
horn of the BBC Symphony for several decades. His nephews were the famous
horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957), and the oboe Leonard Brain, (1915-1975).
Alfred Brain studied at the
Royal Academy of Music in the 1910s. After the Royal Academy of Music,
Alfred Brain played in the horn section of the Scottish Orchestra, Edinburgh.
Brain was the Principal horn of Queens Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry
Wood. This was followed by his engagement with the London Symphony
Orchestra. During World War 1, Alfred Brain joined the Scots Guards,
and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for bravery.
In 1923, Alfred Brain emigrated to the US, and was initially Principal
horn with the New York Philharmonic. He was Principal horn of the
Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons 1934-1936 under Artur Rodzinski.
Alfred Brain then became Principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Of this period, Gamble and Lynch 91 write:
"...for many years, he [Alfred Brain] had
enjoyed great success as a studio horn player in Hollywood and also earned
a reputation for fine solo as well as orchestral playing in various
orchestras, notably the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Janssen Symphony
Orchestra..." 91. Werner Janssen (1899-1990) was a
conductor who organized a Los Angeles-based orchestra which
competed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the 1940s
and 1950s, Alfred Brain was continuously active in the recording
studios of Hollywood, particularly in the Twentieth Century
Fox studios. Alfred Brain died in Los Angeles, California
on March 29, 1966.
American Woodwind Players in 1940s: J. Henry Bove flute, Harold Freeman clarinet,
Rudolph Puletz horn, Ralph Lorr bassoon, Carlos Mullenix oboe
Rudolph Puletz was born in New York City on December 4, 1908.
He studied first with his father, Rudolph Puletz Sr. (1881- ) and his
uncle Frank Puletz (1978-1962), both theater musicians in New York City.
In New York in the 1930s Rudolph Puletz played with the Barrère Ensemble:
Georges Barrère flute, Carlos Mullenix oboe, Fred van Amburgh clarinet,
Angel del Busto bassoon 129. Puletz also played in
Georges Barrère's Barrère Little Symphony in the 1930s, typically
touring the US with about 16 musicians.
In the summer of 1941, Rudolph Puletz joined several other first
chair musicians, including
John Coffey trombone to go to
Argentina to play under Arturo Toscanini at the Teatro Colon.
After the Toscanini South America tour, Rudolph Puletz was appointed
Principal horn of the New York Philharmonic 1941-1946, dismissed (as were
many other musicians) by Artur Rodzinski. Also in the 1940s,
Puletz played with the American Woodwind Players (see photo above).
Rudolph Puletz also
played with the Goldman Band and with the Mexico City Symphony
130. Puletz also toured with the American National
Opera Company organized by Sarah Caldwell. Puletz in summers
also played with he Pablo Casals festival orchestra in Puerto Rico.
David Kaslow in his book Living Dangerously With the Horn131 quotes Rudolph Pulets as saying "...to play
beautifully, one must take a deep breath, send it to the heart,
and only then send it to the lips...".
Rudolph Puletz died in Queens, New York on December 28, 1974, age
Philip Farkas was born on March 5, 1914 in Chicago of parents of Czechoslovak
origin. Farkas described his family as not being not particularly
musical, but he took piano lessons 61. Then, in the school
band, Farkas initially took up the tuba. In a famous Farkas story, one
day, boarding the street car with his large tuba, the conductor complained
that the tuba took up too much space, leading Farkas to change to the horn.
He started horn study at about age 14, and was initially self-taught.
As a student, he was first horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra,
the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. Farkas described his early
horn education: '...One day, while going past Carl Geyer's workshop, I heard some
incredibly beautiful sounds coming out the door. Upon investigating, I
found that it was
Louis Dufrasne trying out a new Geyer horn.
At that exact moment, I determined two things; I would some day own a Geyer
horn and I would have Mr. Dufrasne as my teacher. I started with Mr. Dufrasne
right away, but it took quite a few months before Carl Geyer determined whether
or not I was qualified to own one of his beautiful horns. But in the end, I got
my Geyer horn and played it for about 23 years...'61.
Louis Dufrasne, teacher of Philip Farkas, Helen Kotas and Frank Brouk
Louis Dufrasne, a Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra for 3 seasons was
also the teacher of two other Chicago Principal horns: Helen Kotas Hirsh and
Frank Brouk. In 1932 at age 18, and still in High School Philip Farkas
auditioned and gained the Principal horn position with the newly-formed Kansas
City Philharmonic. Extraordinary though this was, Farkas later said
humorously that he had thought at the time '...you studied an instrument
for three or four years and then went out and procured a symphony job...'
61. Farkas remained at the Kansas City Philharmonic for
three years 1933-1936. In the 1936-1937 season, Philip Farkas became
Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Frederick Stock,
replacing Pellegrino Lecce. At age 22, Farkas was at the time the
youngest member of the Chicago Symphony. Philip Farkas remained with
Chicago as Principal horn until 1941. Then, invited by Arthur Rodzinski,
Philip Farkas moved to Cleveland, where 1941-1945, he was Principal horn
with the Cleveland Orchestra. Farkas then had a succession of
several key orchestral posts. First, in Boston, according to some
listings, and according to Farkas 61, he was Co-Principal horn
of the Boston Symphony with Willem Valkenier in the 1945-1946 season
under Serge Koussevitzky. Then, at George Szell's
request (specified in his contract according to Donald Rosenberg),
Philip Farkas returned to Cleveland for the 1946-1947 season during
George Szell's first season as Music Director. The next year
for the 1947-1948 season, Farkas returned to Chicago as Principal horn,
where he remained for 12 seasons, 1947-1960. Then, in 1960, at
what would seem the height of his career, Farkas was offered to teach at
Indiana University. Philip Farkas explained his thinking in accepting
this key teaching position: '...having heard all too many players continue
playing beyond their prime, I had an abhorrence of doing the same and have
always felt that I would rather quit several years too soon than ten minutes
too late...' 61. So, Philip Farkas departed the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra to become Professor of Music at Indiana University,
staying twenty-four year 1960-1984. During this time, Farkas, an avid
amateur flyer, also taught for sixteen summers at the Aspen Music Festival
in Colorado. Philip Farkas died on December 21, 1992 in Bloomington,
Indiana, location of Indiana University, his longest serving position.
Frank Brouk was born in Chicago on July 27, 1913, son of parents who had
emigrated from what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from Bohemia,
now part of the Czech Republic. Frank Brouk first took up the
trombone, followed by the French horn while at Harrison High School
in Chicago. His early teacher was Frank Kryl, also a horn player
from Bohemia and a well-known teacher in the Chicago area. As a
teen in the early 1930s, Frank Brouk played in local dance bands, using
both French horn and trombone. He also played with the Civic Orchestra
of Chicago, the Chicago-area training orchestra supervised by CSO musicians,
and studied horn with Louis Dufrasne (brother of Chicago bass Gaston Dufrasne)
who also was horn teacher of Philip Farkas, Helen Kotas, and Clyde
Miller. Frank Brouk was then Principal horn in the Indianapolis
Symphony under Fabian Sevitsky, although Brouk did not move from Chicago,
but rather commuted during the week. In 1941-1942, Frank Brouk
joined the Rochester Symphony under Howard Hansen. With the US entry
into World War 2, Frank Brouk entered the US Army in 1942. Following
discharge in 1946, Frank Brouk was Principal horn of the Grant Park Symphony
summer season, succeeding Philip Farkas. In the 1946-1947 season,
Frank Brouk joined the Cleveland Orchestra horn section under the
newly-appointed Music Director George Szell. The next season,
1947-1948, Szell appointed Frank Brouk as Principal horn of the Cleveland
Orchestra, a position he retained for four seasons, 1946-1950.
Frank Brouk then returned to Chicago to play in the staff orchestra
of radio station WGN. Like
Frank Brouk was attracted
to radio orchestra work by the year-around employment and security not
found in any US orchestra of the era other than the Boston Symphony.
In the 1950s, Frank Brouk was Principal horn of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Also in the 1950s, Brouk was joint owner of the Carl Geyer horn
store in Chicago. Then, in the last season of Fritz Reiner's
direction, 1961-1962, Frank Brouk joined the Chicago Symphony horn section,
after repeated requests by Reiner that Frank Brouk audition for
the Orchestra 92. The next season, 1962-1963, Frank Brouk
was appointed Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony by Jean Martinon.
Frank Brouk was Principal horn 1962-1963 and 1965-1966, and remained in the
Chicago Symphony horn section through the end of the 1977-1978 season.
Frank Brouk taught in Chicago at Roosevelt University from 1958-1965, and at
Northwestern University 1965-1974, where he was appointed Professor of Horn.
Frank Brouk played Greyer horns during the first part of his career, switching
later to Schmidt models. After retirement, Frank Brouk moved to Arizona,
where he died in Mesa Arizona on February 21, 2004, age 91.
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Ross Taylor was born in San Francisco in April 27, 1925. He
studied at the Juilliard School from about 1945-1948. He was
then appointed fourth horn player of the New York Philharmonic by
Dmitri Mitropoulos, serving for two seasons, 1948-1950. Ross
Taylor was then hired for the Cleveland Orchestra Principal horn
position by George Szell. Donald Rosenberg in his book
The Cleveland Orchestra Story73 describes the
audition according to Louis Lane: "...I have never heard such an
exhausting audition. Szell listened to him audition for about an
hour and quarter on all of the most difficult literature from the
repertoire. Taylor finally protested that his lip was giving out,
so Szell dismissed him but soon engaged the horn player, not entirely
convinced that he had done the right thing..." Ross Taylor was
the Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra 1950-1955
until George Szell decided to change his Principal horn to Myron Bloom
73. Ross Taylor then returned to his home town of
San Francisco. Taylor became Principal horn of the San Francisco
Orchestra in 1955. He served as Principal horn for nine seasons,
1955-1964. Tragically, Ross Taylor died just before the beginning
of the 1964-1965 season. For that season, Herman Dorfman and
William Sabatini were named Co-Principal horns of the San Francisco
Symphony. Ross Taylor was a founding member in 1962 of
the California Wind Quintet, consisting of Walter Subke flute
(San Francisco Opera), Raymond Duste oboe (San Francisco Opera),
clarinet, Robert Hughes bassoon (Oakland Symphony),
Ross Taylor horn. Contemporaries of Ross Taylor said that
in San Francisco in the early 1960s, Ross Taylor became progressively more
nervous and anxious about his career. Subsequently, he died on
September 10, 1964 at the young age of 39 just before the beginning of the
new orchestral season.
Myron Bloom was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1926. He studied
with James Chambers, later Principal horn of the Philadelphia
Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Beginning his career,
Myron Bloom was Principal horn in the New Orleans Symphony 1949-1954.
Myron Bloom then joined the Cleveland Orchestra horn section in
the 1954-1955 season. The next year, 1955-1956, George Szell selected
Myron Bloom to succeed Ross Taylor as Principal horn of the Cleveland
Orchestra. Myron Bloom continued as Cleveland Principal for twenty-two
seasons 1955-1977, under George Szell, Pierre Boulez, and Lorin Maazel.
From 1977-1985, Myron Bloom was selected by Daniel Barenboim to be the
Principal Horn of l'Orchestre de Paris. Throughout his career,
Myron Bloom was active in summer music festivals, including the Marlboro
Music Festival from its founding in 1951 by Rudolf Serkin, Adolf Busch,
and the Moyse brothers. He was also active in the Casals festival
orchestras 1965-1975. Myron Bloom has also given us the legacy of
his many students, particularly following his retirement to teaching.
In 1985 Myron Bloom was appointed Professor of Horn at Indiana University.
Today he is still on the IU faculty, known since 2005 as the Jacobs
School of Music of Indiana University.
See that United Federation of Planets pin on his lapel? Yes, Richard
Solis is a Star Trek fan, as are several other Cleveland Musicians (fun)
Richard Solis was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947, and raised in Las Vegas,
Nevada. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music 1965-1969
with his predecessor as a Cleveland Orchestra Principal horn, Myron
Bloom. In the 1971-1972 season, Richard Solis joined the horn
section of the Cleveland Orchestra under Pierre Boulez. In the
1976-1977 season, under Lorin Maazel, Richard Solis became acting Principal
horn for that season. Then in the 1977-1978 season, Lorin Maazel
named Richard Solis Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Richard Solis served as Principal for eighteen seasons, 1977-1995.
From 1995-present, Richard Solis has been fourth horn with the
Cleveland Orchestra. For more than three decades, Richard Solis
has also been head of the horn department of the
Cleveland Institute of Music, where one of his students was
a Principal horn successor. Richard Solis
retired from the Cleveland Orchestra in December 2013 after
41 seasons of service. He will continue his teaching and
mentoring in Cleveland and in Nevada.
1995-1997 acting Principal horn Shelley A. Showers
Shelley Showers was born in Lancaster in the Pennsylvania Dutch area of
Pennsylvania On July 9, 1961. After study through High School in
Lancaster County, Shelley Showers was admitted to the Curtis Institute
where she graduated in the Class of 1985 (David McGill was her classmate).
Following Curtis, Shelley Showers was Principal horn of the
Utah Symphony Principal horn 1989-1995. Following Utah, Shelley
Showers was acting Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra for two
seasons, 1995-1997. She was also the acting
Associate Principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony, and New Jersey
Symphony horn. In the 1998-1999 season, Shelley Showers won the
audition for the Assistant/Utility horn position of the Philadelphia
Orchestra, a post she continues today. Each summer, Shelley Showers
has been active in festivals, including the Deer Valley International Chamber
Music Festival (Park City Music Festival) in Utah, the Aspen Music Festival
in Colorado, and the Kent-Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland.
1995-present Richard King (Co-Principal 1995-1997, Principal
Richard King was born on Long Island, New York in 1968.
He began horn studies at the age of nine. In Spring, 1985
he entered the Juilliard School Pre-College division, where he
studied with Myron Bloom, his predecessor as a Principal horn of
the Cleveland Orchestra. Richard King was then admitted only
months later to the Curtis Institute in the September 1985 semester.
Richard King graduated from Curtis Institute in the Class of
1989, where he was a classmate of Anthony DiLorenzo trumpet and
of Craig Knox tuba, with whom King played in the Center City Brass
Quintet (Anthony DiLorenzo trumpet, Geoffrey Hardcastle trumpet,
Richard King horn, Steven Witser trombone, Craig Knox tuba).
While still at Curtis, Richard King won the audition for Associate
Principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1988, for the 1988-1989
season. Richard King continued as Associate Principal horn for
seven seasons, 1988-1995. In the 1995-1996 season, he was
appointed Co-Principal horn by Christoph von Dohnányi in which
position he served with acting Principal horn Shelley Showers
for two seasons 1995-1997. Richard King was then appointed
Principal horn in the 1997-1998 season. Richard King
recently recorded an interesting selection of Schubert Lieder,
transcribed for horn and piano on Albany Records. Richard
King has continued the musical tradition of the Cleveland Orchestra
horns, which is not surpassed by that of any of the other great world
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Elizer Rozanel was born in Warsaw, Poland in about 1885.
Elizer was one of five brass musician brothers, Louis, David,
Morris, Meyer, and Elizer Rozanel who emigrated from Poland,
then under Russian rule, to play mostly in New York City orchestras,
but also in the case of Elizer in Philadelphia and Cleveland, and
David in Cleveland. Elizer was in the trumpet section of the Philadelphia
Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski in 1917-1918. He then went
to Cleveland, soon to be joined by his trombone playing bother David.
Elizer was in the trumpet section of the Cleveland Orchestra for
two seasons 1918-1920, of which he was Principal in 1918-1919.
When Elizer was Principal trumpet, the Cleveland trumpet section with
Elizer Rozanel, Principal, Bernard Schwartz, second, John J. Hruby
third trumpet, Alois Hruby fourth trumpet.
Elizer Rozanel seems to have died during the 1960s.
Samuel Miller was born December 16, 1891 in Russia. Miller was Principal
trumpet of the New York Symphony during the 1918-1919 season under
Walter Damrosch 89 (preceding Harry Glantz in that position).
Samuel Miller became Principal trumpet of the San Francisco
Symphony for the 1919-1920 season, succeeding David
Rosebrook. Miller then became Principal trumpet of the Cleveland
Orchestra under Nikolai Sokoloff during the 1920-1921 season, and
Principal trumpet of the Detroit Symphony under Ossip Gabrilowitsch during
the 1921-1922 season 90. Samuel Miller was a trumpet in the
Goldman Band during several seasons: in 1920, and in 1927-1929 and in 1931.
David Glickstein was born in Newark, New Jersey (10 km west of Manhattan) on
July 1, 1900 of Polish-Jewish parents who had emigrated in 1893. After
training, by age 17, David Glickstein had started his professional career
playing in the orchestra of the Metropolitan Theater, Newark.
The next year, David Glickstein was appointed Principal trumpet of the
Saint Louis Symphony by Max Zach in the 1919-1920 season. In the
next season, 1920-1921, David Glickstein had returned to New York City where he
joined the trumpet section of the New York Philharmonic under Josef Stransky
in Stransky's final season with the Philharmonic. In 1921,
David Glickstein joined the trumpet section of the Goldman Band.
In 1922-1923, David Glickstein played in the trumpet section of the New York
Symphony under Walter Damrosch. David Glickstein advanced to a first
chair trumpet position when he was engaged for the Cincinnati Symphony
Principal trumpet position 1923-1924 by Fritz Reiner, then early in his
career. Glickstein returned to New York in 1926-1927, in the trumpet
section of the New York Philharmonic, playing Third trumpet under Willem
Mengelberg. In the 1930s, in New York City, David Glickstein was a
regular in the orchestras of Broadway shows. During this same period in
the 1930s, Glickstein performed regularly on NBC radio as part of the
Lucky Strike Orchestra. With the formation of Toscanini's NBC Symphony,
David Glickstein joined the trumpet section from its first season, and
remained for four seasons, 1937-1941 primarily as Third trumpet.
David Glickstein died in Flushing, New York, in one of the New York City
boroughs in February 1983, age 82.
one of many Hering studies and etudes - Hering was one of the most published teachers
for the trumpet, other brass and woodwinds.
Sigmund Hering, one of the most influential trumpet teachers in the US in the early
Twentieth Century was born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire on
October 5, 1898. His birth region was Galicia, located between the present
Poland and Ukraine. Sigmund Hering was probably born in what is now the far
western boarder of the Ukraine. Moving to the capital of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire, Sigmund Hering studied at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst,
Vienna 1915-1921. Following his Vienna studies and the disrupted aftermath
of World War 1, Sigmund Hering emigrated to the US in 1921 and quickly
found a symphonic post. Hering was named
Principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra by Nikolai Sokoloff in the
1922-1923 season. Hering remained in Cleveland only one season, being
succeeded by Gustav Heim. Sigmund Hering
moved to the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski as Assistant Principal
trumpet (second trumpet) in the 1925-1926 season.
Sigmund Hering continued his music studies throughout his life.
Hering student Wilmer Wise (Brooklyn Symphony) wrote that Hering studied both
double bass and trumpet at the Curtis Institute. Hering is listed as a Curtis
Institute graduate in the Class of 1930, when he would have been 31 years old and
already in the Philadelphia Orchestra for 5 seasons. Hering remained with the
Philadelphia Orchestra trumpet section for 39 season, as Assistant Principal
trumpet 1925-1952 and Fourth trumpet 1952-1964. Trumpet scholar
Dr. Thomas R. Erdmann wrote that Hering "...was perhaps the most
influential trumpet teacher in America during the mid 20th century...He is
the most published trumpet pedagogue in the world..." 135.
Hering's books of instruction expanded to
other brass instruments and then to woodwinds. Students using these exercises
and guides have said they are not only useful exercises, but also musically
interesting. During his years in Philadelphia, Sigmund Hering for more than
fifty years taught at the Settlement Music School in northern Philadelphia.
Sigmund Hering died in suburban Philadelphia in January, 1986.
Gustav Heim was born in Schleusingen, Thüringen, Germany, 150 km East of
Frankfurt on May 8, 1879. Heim studied trumpet first under his
father, and then at the local music school in Schleusingen from
1893-1897. In 1897, Heim was cornet solo of the military band based
in Thüringen. Heim emigrated to the U.S. in 1904 to St. Louis.
During his career, Heim was first trumpet for an amazing number of
leading U.S. orchestras. Heim started in 1904 with the orchestra of
the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the 1904 St. Louis
World Fair). In St. Louis, Fritz Scheel, conductor of the
Philadelphia Orchestra heard Gustav Heim play. As a result, in the
1905-1906 season, Heim became Principal trumpet of the Philadelphia
Orchestra, while his predecessor, Herman Basse returned to the
Metropolitan Opera. Gustav Heim stayed in Philadelphia for one
season. Then, in the 1906-1907 season, Heim moved to the Boston
Symphony Orchestra as third trumpet. In the 1914-1915 season, under
Karl Muck, Heim became Principal Trumpet until 1920. In the 1920
disastrous Boston Symphony musician’s strike, Heim was, along with
the Concertmaster Frederic Fradkin, one of the two Orchestra Principals
who left the Boston Symphony as a result of the strike. Heim
departed for the Detroit Symphony, where he was Principal trumpet
then took over Heim’s first chair trumpet position with
the Boston Symphony. After moving to Detroit for
one season, Gustav Heim then moved to New York, where he was Principal
trumpet with the Philharmonic Society for two seasons 1921-1923
under Josef Stransky. Continuing his movements
from orchestra to orchestra, in the
1923-1924 season, Heim moved to the Cleveland Orchestra under Nikolai
Sokoloff (1886-1965). Then, Gustav Heim moved back to New York to
join the New York Symphony from 1925-1928 under Walter Damrosch (who
had also conducted Heim at the 1904 St. Louis Fair). After the
merger of the New York Symphony with the New York Philharmonic
Society in 1928, Harry Glantz was selected to continue as Principal
trumpet of the merged orchestra. Glantz had previously studied
with Heim. Gustav Heim then joined the American Symphonic Ensemble in
New York which was an orchestra without a conductor for the 1929-1930
season. He was also a regular at the long-lived Worcester Music
Festival (Massachusetts) in the summers from 1910-1914, 1916, and
1925 to 1932. Gustav Heim also taught in New York City, and among
his famous students were William Vacchiano.
During most of his career, Gustav Heim played a Bb trumpet.
Gustav Heim died relatively young on October 30, 1933 in
New York City after a sudden illness, aged only 54.
Leland S. Barton was born in Fresno, California on the Fourth of July, 1884.
He came from a musical family, and Leland's father Robert Barton was a musician
who emigrated from Hannover, Germany. Leland's father Robert Barton
settled in Fresno, California, then wealthy from gold, where in 1888, he built and
ran the Fresno Opera House, where Leland Barton first played.
The Barton Opera House, Fresno, California in 1907
Leland's two brothers Robert Jr. and Clarence were also musicians who
played in the Barton Opera House and later in San Francisco.
In about 1900, Robert Barton died, and later, before 1910, Leland Barton
married and moved to Chicago. In the 1910s, Leland Barton was a
trumpet player in theaters and at the Palace Music Hall in Chicago.
Then, Leland Barton was then Principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony by
Max Zach for two seasons 1916-1918. Following World War 1,
Leland Barton was Principal trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra for one season,
1924-1925. The Principal trumpet chair under Nikolai Sokoloff was
constantly revolving, with 8 different Principal trumpets in the first
eight seasons of the Cleveland Orchestra. Leland Barton was the
seventh of these eight, proceeded by Gustav Heim who was Principal
in a dozen US orchestras, and followed by Frank Venezia of the
New York Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Leland Barton then
went to Minnesota, where in the 1927-1928 season he was Principal trumpet
of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 70. Leland Barton
next joined the San Francisco Symphony under Alfred Hertz in
the 1928-1929 season in the second chair trumpet position next to Principal
trumpet Vladimir Drucker. Barton remained second in 1929-1930.
In the 1930-1931 season, Leland Barton was advanced to Principal trumpet
of the San Francisco Symphony for one season, under the split tenure of
Basil Cameron and Issay Dobrowen in 1930-1931 71.
Thereafter, Leland Barton moved back to the second chair trumpet position
of the San Francisco Symphony for the 1931-1932 season.
Leland Barton served with the SFSO for 22 seasons (not counting
the 1934-1935 cancelled season), retiring at the end of the 1950-1951
season. Leland Barton performed his last concert with the
Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra in May, 1964.
Leland S. Barton died age 93 in November, 1977 in
Sullivan, Illinois, after a full career of
nearly more than 60 years as a performing musician.
Frank Venezia was born in New York City in 1891 of Italian parents. Frank
Venezia in Cleveland was listed as "Frank Venezie" in some materials.
Frank Venezia was Principal trumpet of the Cleveland
Orchestra for less than one season. Donald Rosenberg in his well-written
study of the Cleveland Orchestra 1 recounts Frank Venezia's dismissal:
"...the incident involved Frank Venezie, viewed by Sokoloff as an agitator
who "played three times louder" when told to reduce the volume, and
principal bassoonist Morris Kirchner, brother of principal oboist Philip Kirchner.
The bassoonist claimed Sokoloff referred to him during the rehearsal as
"a dummy". Venezie was dismissed and replaced by Alois Hruby. Morris
Kirchner...remained as principal bassoon until 1933..."
Franck Venezia seems then to have gone to the New York Symphony, and to have
joined the New York Philharmonic during the consolidation of the New York
Symphony into the Philharmonic. In the 1930s, Frank Venezia was trumpet in
the CBS radio orchestra in New York, which had the benefit of year-around
employment. In 1937, Arthur Rodzinski selected Frank Venezia as second
trumpet for the newly formed NBC Symphony Orchestra for Arturo Toscanini.
Alois Hruby was born on June 3, 1886 in Cleveland two years after his musician father,
Frantisek Hruby (1857-1913) brought his wife and his Bohemian-born son John Jr.
to the US in 1884, settling in Cleveland.
Frantisek Hruby had been a clarinet and band musician in Bohemia, then part of
the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and he trained each of his children: Frank Jr.,
Alois, John, Cecilia, Frederick, Charles, Mary and William to play multiple
instruments. Alois Hruby was said to be excellent not only in cornet and
trumpet, but also in cello, as shown in the photograph, above. In fact,
"Louie" Hruby joined the Cleveland Orchestra in its first season
1918-1919 in the cello section. Just prior to the creation of the Cleveland
Orchestra, and during his tenure, Alois Hruby taught cello, cornet and trumpet at the
Hruby Conservatory, created by the family. He also toured with his brothers and
played in the Colonial Theater in Cleveland. After joining the newly-formed
Cleveland Orchestra, Alois Hruby was in the cello section 1918-1926, while playing
Third trumpet 1919-1926. He was appointed Principal trumpet by Nikolai
Sokoloff in 1927, succeeding Frank Venezia following the incident described
above. Alois Hruby was Principal for seven seasons, 1927-1934. Artur
Rodzinski then moved Alois Hruby back to the Third trumpet position, where he
remained 1934-1955. During most of this period in the trumpet section, Alois
played with his younger brother William Hruby who played Second trumpet.
At the end of the 1954-1955 season, Alois Hruby retired from the
Cleveland Orchestra at age 69. Alois Hruby died in Cleveland
on October 26, 1968.
Click here to see a photograph of the complete
Hruby brothers (and sister).
Vladimir Drucker was born January 14, 1897 in Moscow. In 1909
at age 12, Drucker was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory, where he
studied with Vasily Brandt (1869-1923), and beginning in 1912 with
Mikhail Tabakov (1877-1956) 94. By 1913, Tabakov
was Principal trumpet of Serge Koussevitzky's personal hired orchestra,
and Vladimir Drucker was third trumpet. With the advent of the
Russian Revolution, Vladimir Drucker succeeded in gaining Shanghai,
China, where he played in orchestras for two years 93.
Then, in 1919, Vladimir Drucker came to the US, via Vancouver.
In New York, Vladimir Drucker was Principal trumpet of the
New York Symphony under Walter Damrosch 1923-1925.
Drucker also played with Damrosch's radio orchestra, the Symphony of
the Air93 (different from the later successor to
Toscanini's NBC Symphony). During this time in New York, Drucker
studied with the famous teacher Max Schlossberg 93.
Drucker then came to the San Francisco Symphony in the 1925-1926 season
as Principal trumpet under Alfred Hertz. This was a major step
up for San Francisco after the tenure of the undistinguished Emil Dietzel,
and returning it to the standards of Harry Glantz. After remaining
in San Francisco for four seasons, Vladimir Drucker went to the
Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal trumpet under Otto Klemperer
(and others) 1931-1944. Vladimir Drucker died in Van Nuys, California
April 22, 1974. Vladimir Drucker was known for the beauty of his
tone, particularly in soft passages, a difficult challenge for the
Louis Davidson was born in New York City on March 16, 1912. He began
to play the trumpet at an early age, and by 1915 at age 11, he was studying
with the famed trumpet teacher Max Schlossberg (1873-1936).
During World War 1, the teenage Louis Davidson was playing in New York
City movie theaters in the New York City area, and the following year made
several trips to Europe as a ship's musician on the SS Leviathan.
When he was 16, Davidson was engaged by Fritz Reiner to play with
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for 5 years.
In 1941, Louis Davidson joined several other first chair musicians,
including Merritt Dittert trombone, John Coffey bass trombone,
Leonard Sharrow bassoon, and Rudolph Puletz to go to Argentina to
play under Arturo Toscanini at the Teatro Colon.
Richard Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At some point, he studied
with William Vacchiano 139, perhaps while Richard Smith in the
military. Richard Smith was a long-time trumpet with the Kansas City
Philharmonic. He beginning with the Kansas City Philpharmonic at age
15 139. Prior to the Cleveland Orchestra, Richard Smith
was Principal trumpet of the Denver Symphony. George Szell selected
Richard Smith to join the Cleveland Orchestra trumpet section as
Second trumpet in the 1956-1957 season. He served as Second trumpet for
two seasons, 1956-1958 before being appointed Principal trumpet 1958-1960.
After two seasons as Principal, Szell moved Richard Smith to Third trumpet
for four seasons 1960-1964. Then, for the last three seasons of Smith's
service in Cleveland, he was Fourth trumpet 1964-1967 138. Then,
Richard Smith moved to the Buffalo Philharmonic under Lucas Foss for two seasons,
1967-1969. In 1969, Richard Smith returned to his home town of Kansas
City, Missouri. He re-joined the Kansas City Philharmonic, now as Principal
trumpet 1969-1972 and then as Co-Principal 1972-1975. Richard Smith
completed his orchestral career in the trumpet section of the Kansas City
Philharmonic trumpet 1975-1978. He retired shortly before the
Kansas City Philharmonic dissolved at the end of the 1981-1982 season
Bernard Adelstein was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 24, 1928.
His parents, Frank and Rose Adelstein were Russian Jewish émigrés
who came to the US in 1915. The family environment was musical
to the extent that both Bernard and his older brother Rovin took
up instruments. Rovin took up the string bass, studied at
the Juilliard School, and later played at the Pittsburgh Symphony
with his brother Bernard. Bernard Adelstein is said to have
taken up the trumpet at age 8 at the recommendation of a doctor
who believed it might aid Adelstein's asthma. Starting at
about age ten, Adelstein began lessons with his predecessor
as Principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra
Louis Davidson. Adelstein's first professional
position was in 1943 when he was yet only fifteen as second trumpet
in the tour of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The next year
at age sixteen, Adelstein again took a second trumpet position with
Fritz Reiner's Pittsburgh Symphony. Contemporary photographs of
Adelstein wearing glasses and a suit make him appear older, which may
have aided his acceptance. Bernard Adelstein remained with the
Pittsburgh Symphony for four seasons, 1944-1948. Orchestra trumpet
players have said that the second trumpet position is an excellent learning
position, since the second has to master all the repertoire played by the
Principal trumpet. At that time, the Principal trumpet of the
Pittsburgh Symphony was Irving Sarin (1921-2010), Juilliard graduate
and Principal trumpet in Pittsburgh for 18 seasons. Of Sarin,
Bernard Adelstein said "...we would get together every Saturday
morning and practice the parts all day..." About this time, Bernard
Adelstein also commuted to Boston to study with Boston Symphony Principal
, who had also taught Irving Sarin.
In the 1948-1948 season, Bernard Adelstein moved, selected by
Antal Dorati. He served as Principal trumpet in Dallas
1948-1950. Antal Dorati left Dallas in 1949 to become
Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony, and the next season,
Bernard Adelstein followed Dorati to Minneapolis. Bernard
Adelstein was Principal trumpet of the Minneapolis Symphony for
a decade 1950-1960. In 1960-1961, George Szell moved Principal
trumpet Richard Smith to the third trumpet position, and hired
Bernard Adelstein to join the Cleveland Orchestra as Principal.
Some of the many highlights of Adelstein's Cleveland
recordings are his playing in Szell Mozart symphonies and
concerti and Le Sacre du Printemps under Pierre Boulez.
After retiring from the Cleveland Orchestra at the end of the
1987-1988 season, Bernard Adelstein was a long-term Professor
of Music at Indiana University 1988-1994.
Michael Sachs was born in the Los Angeles area in about 1961. Growing up
in Santa Monica, California, he credits his school music program and a summer at
the Aspen Music Festival for fostering his interest in music. Sachs earned a
BA in history at UCLA, and then entered the Juilliard School. Michael Sachs
studied primarily with Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp. While still at
Juilliard in his third year, Michael Sachs won the audition for the trumpet section
of the Houston Symphony in 1986. Sachs played for Houston 1986-1988.
He was appointed Principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1988-1989
season, winning the audition against a large and strong auditioning group.
Since coming to Cleveland, Sachs has been head of the trumpet department at the
Cleveland Institute of Music. His wife, Yolanda Kondonassis is a harp soloist.
As a hobby, Michael Sachs is a licensed ham radio operator. Another
event to look forward to is the premiere of a trumpet concerto which the Cleveland
Orchestra has commissioned from Michael Hersch (1971- ). It is planned that Michael
Sachs and the orchestra will give the premiere in about November 2011.
Cleveland trumpets - 2007
Michael Miller and Jack Sutte, trumpets in foreground
(looks like Robert Sullivan, trumpet and Edward Zadrozny trombone in background)
Robert Boyd was born in Illinois on November 22, 1921.
When Robert Boyd was appointed Principal trombone of the Cleveland
Merritt Dittert, the Principal was moved to bass trombone.
Robert Boyd died in Cleveland on October 13, 1989. He played King instruments,
in spite of George Szell's urging to adopt Schmidt instruments 151.
In 1984, Robert Boyd participated in the National Orchestral Association
Timpani and Percussion
If you have any comments or questions about this
Leopold Stokowski site, please e-mail me (Larry
Huffman) at e-mail address:
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ISBN: 978-1-886228-24-5. Recommended, yet, in the latter sections of
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98Votapek, Philharmonic in Tuesday
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99 de Lorenzo, Leonardo.
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100 page 12. Duo-Pianists to Feature
Program Here Next Sunday. Sandusky Register
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101 page 32. Operetta and Symphony
to be High Spots.
Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. April 10, 1934.
102 page 17. Festival will Present
Chamber Music Concert. New Castle News.
New Castle, Pennsylvania. July 21, 1965.
103 page 29. Joy of Chamber Music.
Howland, Ohio. April 7, 1976.
104 page 4. Concert Guest Artists
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Altoona Mirror. Altoona, Pennsylvania. January 30, 1961.
105 page 10. Samuel Thaviu Wins National
Spencer News Herald. Spencer, Iowa. July 9, 1931.
106 page 44. American Artist To Present
Port Arthur News. Port Arthur, Texas. November 14, 1937.
107 page 11. Orchestra Demands Voice in
Replacement of Szell.
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108 page 11. Segall, Grant.
Kurt Loebel, longtime Cleveland Orchestra violinist, dies at 87.
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109 page 3. Suite: Alice in Wonderland
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July 19, 1932.
110Form Quintette to Give Concerts.
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111John Philip Sousa Band Roster.
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Big Family Of Bassoonists. Beatrice Daily Sun.
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New York Times. New York, New York. October 10,
114 Costa, Robyn Dixon A Biography
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115 page 14. Young People's Orchestra will
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116 Wills, Rick. Man Bows Out
after 50 Years as Conductor. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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117 Rotstein, Gary. Charles F. Hois PSO
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118 page 19. Jack Benny Draws 20,000
At Phila.. Lebanon Daily News.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania. August 1, 1962.
119 page 58. William Lym, Talented Oboe
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120 Malcolm Mark, 86 Played
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121 page 1. Alford R. Hampel Dies in
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123 Ericson, Raymond.
Violin Recital Given by Keiko Furiyoshi.
New York Times. New York. January 28, 1971.
124 Krankovich, Lynn.
Philharmonic, Violist, Give Stirring Performance.
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126 Bramsen, Ludvig Ernst. Musikkens
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127 pages 96-121.
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129 page 17. A Course of Popular
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130 page 26. Rudolph F. Puletz Dead, A
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131 Kaslow, David. Living Dangerously With the
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132 page 9. Artist Took Poison.
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133 page 9. Robert Perutz, 46.
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135 Erdmann, Dr. Thomas R. An Annotated
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137 Adato, Joseph and Judy, George.
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