New York Philharmonic mourns bassoonist

Bert Bial, who played contra-bassoon and bassoon in the New York Philharmonic from 1957 to 1995, has died at the age of 93.

He was also the orchestra’s official photographer on frequent occasions. An exhibition of his work has appeared in Lincoln Center.


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  • Refal says:

    there has been a lot of deaths recently. May God be with them all…

    • Jeremy Atkin says:

      So he would have been there all through the Lenny years ? We must all have heard him play many times.

  • Axl says:

    It’s contrabassoon – not contra-bassoon

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