Oboist friends have informed us of the death of Professor Günther Passin, one of the instrument’s most highly regarded teachers. He was 75.
Leipzig born, Passin was principal oboe in Chemnitz, Berlin (RSO, with Lorin Maazel) and Stuttgart (with Helmut Rilling). He also deputised with the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan and Celibidache.
But it was as a professor in Munich and Salzburg that his career truly flowered. His students hold principal oboe posts in Zurich, Tokyo, Leipzig, Berlin, Hamburg, Tel Aviv and Singapore.