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In memoriam 2008

Robert Levine
January 4, 2019

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This is's tribute to those of our colleagues and co-workers who left us in 2008. By its nature it is almost certainly not a complete list. We apologize for any omissions, and will make corrections if you post them in the "Comments" area.

- Robert Levine

Evelyn Barbirolli , age 97. English oboist with the Scottish Orchestra, the Glynebourne Festival Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, she also was Professor of Oboe at the Royal Academy of Music and was the widow of the conductor Sir John Barbirolli.

Toshiya Eto, age 80. Japanese violinist and pedagogue, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and was head of the Toho Gakuen School of Music.

Joan Ingpen, age 92. English artist manager and administrator, she co-founded the Philharmonia Orchestra with Walter Legge. Artists who she managed included Georg Solti, Rudolf Kempe and Joan Sutherland, and she was credited with giving Luciano Pavarotti his big break when she hired him to cover for Giuseppi de Stefano in La Bohéme at Covent Garden. She served in senior staff positions at the Royal Opera, Paris Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera House.

Virginia Katims, age 95. American cellist who studied with Alfred Wallerstein and Emmanuel Feuermann and who soloed extensively throughout the US and Canada with the Bary Ensemble. She was the widow of violist and conductor Milton Katims.

Emma Robinson-Lundgren, age 28. Swedish violinist who had studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Kentucky. She was a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University at the time of her apparent suicide at a local shooting range.

Robert Rogers, age 71. Professor emeritus of piano at the University of British Columbia, he had served as pianist with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra.


Kenneth Kuchler, age 86. Violinist and member of the Utah Symphony for 64 years, he was also a long-time member of the orchestra of the Fish Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin and had served as chairman of the music department at Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

Jorge Liderman, age 50. Argentinian-born composer who served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, he had composed operas, works for orchestra, and chamber works for various combinations. His apparent suicide occurred while he was on medical leave from UC Berkeley, one day before the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players were to premiere his chamber concerto for violin.

Florence Schoff, age 101. A former president of the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, she was the oldest known subscriber to the Minnesota Orchestra. She also attended the first concert of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1959, and was serenaded by the SPCO on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Roger Voisin
, age 89. Born in France in 1911, he became the youngest musician ever to join the Boston Symphony in 1935. He served as the principal trumpet of the BSO from 1950 to 1965, retiring from the orchestra in 1973. He also taught at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Richard Westenburg, age 75. Founder of the Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra (New York), he studied organ and musicology at Lawrence University and the University of Minnesota before studying with Nadia Boulanger in 1959. He was best known for the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall. He also founded and directed the Basically Bach Festival at Lincoln Center during the 1980s.

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