San Francisco Symphony mourns English horn, 72

San Francisco Symphony mourns English horn, 72


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2022

The death has been communicated of Julie Anne Giacobassi, English horn player with the San Francisco Symphony from 1981-2006.

She has been described as ‘the expressive heart of the orchestra.’

A graduate of the University of Michigan, before joining the San Francisco Symphony, she played oboe and cor anglais in the Shreveport Symphony, National Ballet Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Wolf Trap, and the American Camerata for New Music.


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Oh, what a shame. She was truly a great player.

  • Jim Dukey says:

    She was a Sweetheart!
    Even to Extras like me!
    She made a Bespoke English Horn Peg with a Super Ball at the Floor-end,
    to more comfortably support that heavy Instrument.
    Inspired me to do something similar on my Bass Clarinet.
    Pain free playing is Best!
    She was happy to share!

  • music lover says:

    She was a sterling player

  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    A fine performer in the past here at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap.

  • Ilio says:

    Such a loss. She was such a wonderful musician. I recall a Mahler Ich bin der Welt Abhanden Gekkomen with her english horn solo that was unforgettable.

  • Tom Standing says:

    The first time I saw a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G back in the ’80s, I was lifted into the stratosphere when Julianne played the mesmerizing 2nd movement melody. I came back to see the next performances! She inspired me to play that movement on the piano.

  • Zack says:

    She actually retired in 2007. I and my family knew her