Former students and colleagues are sharing the sad news of the death of Donald Montanaro, a legendary teacher at the Curtis Institute from 1980 to his retirement two years ago.
Donald played in the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1957 to 2005.
A student of Daniel Bonade, the first clarinet teacher at Curtis, he represented a line of tradition that stretched back 90 years and more. His students occupy prncipal positions in many of the world’s premier ensembles.
Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, writes: ‘Deeply saddened by the passing of my dear teacher Donald Montanaro. You are a legend and I’m glad to have had the privilege to study with you. I don’t have enough words to talk about how much you taught me. We will all try to live up to and pass along the many gifts you gave us. Thank you.’