Time was when every London musician could name the concertmasters of the major orchestras – Hugh Bean at the Philharmonia, John Georgiadis at the LSO, Rodney Friend at the LPO and Erich Gruenberg at the RPO. Big players, each and every one.
Erich will turn 90 this Sunday.
Among numerous achievements, he premiered concertos by Goldschmidt, McCabe, Holloway and more… and played on several Beatles records.
Happy birthday, Mr G.
BBC photo l-r: Colin Davis, Michael Tippett, Erich Gruenberg