George Szell’s bricklayer trombonist dies, aged 92main
Allen Kofsky, trombonist of the Cleveland Orchestra trombonist for 39 years with George Szell, Lorin Maazel and Christoph von Dohnanyi, died last Thursday at 92.
Hired as principal trombone for the Kansas City Philharmonic, he gave up after seven years to help out his father in Cleveland as a bricklayer and stonemason.
Szell heard him play as a substitute and, six years later, called him into the Cleveland Orchestra.
Allen retired in 2000.