Gerd Seifert died last week, aged 88.
Hamburg born, he played in the Düsseldorf city orchestra from 1949, winning the ARD competition in 1956. In 1964, Herbert von Karajan recruited him as first horn into the Berlin Philharmonic, where he played until 1996. Summers, he was a fixture in Bayreuth.
After leaving he Berlin Phil, he played two seasons as first horn at the Liceu in Barcelona, as well as a stint in a Lloyd Webber musical in Berlin. He was formidable.