Israel Phil mourns principal clarinet

We have received reports from Israel of the death of Richard Lesser principal clarinet of the Philharmonic from 1968 to his retirement in 2002.

A Curtis graduate with a Los Angeles background, Richard toured with European ensembles in the early 1960s until Zubin Mehta asked him to play in Israel. He joined the Philharmonic in 1966 and became principal two years later, as well as professor at Tel Aviv University.

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