Death of an oboe legend

Death of an oboe legend


norman lebrecht

March 19, 2014

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.


gunther passin2

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.

passin_swJust listen.


  • Michael Schaffer says:

    I remember Passin very well from his appearances as guest principal with both the BP and RSO Berlin in the 80s and early 90s, including the concert with Bruckner 7, when Celibidache returned to conduct the BP. Passin can be seen here, for instance at 12:40:

    I used to have this great album with baroque oboe concertos on LP:

  • Don Drewecki says:

    Another oboe legend has died — Ray Still.

  • Luis says: