Michael McCraw, an eminent bassoonist and influential teacher who was left with permanent injuries after being hit by a car in 2014, died on Friday. He was popularly known as the Bad Boy of the Bassoon.
His death was announced by the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University, where he taught.
Michael McCraw started out in New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, moving to Europe in 1979 to play in Musica Antiqua Köln, Concentus Musicus Wien, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and others. In 1991 he became principal bassoon of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, stepping down in 2002.
He performed on more than 140 recordings.