Rotterdam releases two veteran horns

Rotterdam releases two veteran horns


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2019

From the Rotterdam Philharmonic:

Two of our hornists say goodbye to the orchestra at the end of May. Martin van de Merwe and Jos Buurman played with us for respectively 45 and 38 years. We will of course miss them on as well as off the stage. Our magazine Intrada interviewed them here.



  • Scott says:

    Is “release” the right word? Release makes me think they were “laid off.”

  • MacroV says:

    “Releases” implies they were fired (at least on my side of the pond). Looks like they just retiring after very long tenures.

  • Larry says:

    The word “release” implies that they were fired.

  • Mock Mahler says:

    First time I’ve seen retirement referred to as being “released”, though having recently retired I can’t gainsay the connotations.