Mourning for influential clarinet, 86

Mourning for influential clarinet, 86


norman lebrecht

February 29, 2020

The German virtuoso Hans Deinzer died on February 26 at the age of 86.

He was the inspiration and premiere giver of Pierre Boulez’s “Domaines” .

In 30 years of teaching at Hannover, his students included Sabine Meyer, Martin Fröst, Andrew Marriner and Michele Zukovsky.



  • Peter San Diego says:

    Guy Deplus, Robert Crowley, Guy Arnaud, now Hans Deinzer: it has been a sad year for clarinetists. I’d never heard of Herr Deinzer before, but based on that partial list of students alone, he must have been an inspiring instrumentalist and teacher. Condolences to his personal and musical families.

  • Chris Atkinson says:

    Very sad to hear this. Hans was massively inspirational; the complete teacher, technically, musically, and in any other way imaginable. A giant of the clarinet world. Very best wishes and thoughts to all who knew him.