Starting out as principal oboe of Netherlands opera at age 19, Leo Driehuys was never one to let grass grow beneath his feet. He founded the celebrated Danzi Quintet and started conducting on the radio.
In 1977 he migrated to Charlotte, North Carolina, taking on a band of part-timers and transforming them into a full, professional symphony orchestra. He was chief conductor until his retirement in 1993. Leo Driehuys died last week at his Virginia home, aged 87.