Death of Israel Phil bassoon, 87

Death of Israel Phil bassoon, 87


norman lebrecht

February 21, 2020

Marvin P. Feinsmith, principal bassoon of the Israel Philharmonic who returned to the US to play in the Indianapolis and Denver orchestras, has died after a long illness.

Marvin died in Denver on February 9; the funeral has already taken place.

Marvin’s wife, Deborah, was oboist of The Little Orchestra Society of NYC, and  later in the Israel Philharmonic.

Their son, David, is a San Francisco composer.



  • Uzi Shalev says:

    RIP, Marvin.
    Great contrabassoonist,
    Distinguished composer.

  • NYMike says:

    Marvin spent some years as a MET Orchestra associate, as well. I fondly remember traveling with him on a Quadro Barocco tour featuring harpsichord, bassoon, violin and soprano in the south years ago.

  • Miguel Cervantes says:

    Ah….the glory days of the Israeli Phil.

    It was said that Chicago is known for its Brass, Philadelphia for its strings, and Israel Phil for its chutzpah.