Berlin Philharmonic star: I was beaten and abusedNews
In a pre-publication interview of his forthcoming memoir, the Berlin Philharmonic principal oboist Albrecht Mayer describes how he was taught to play the instrument in order to cure a persistent stutter and was beaten when he made a mistake.
He describes his first two years in the Berlin Philharmonic as the worst in his life. ‘I’ve been here in Berlin with the Philharmoniker for 30 years now. These probationary years were so terrible for me that I will never forget them. But when I ask my colleagues from back then, other solo oboists or other wind and string soloists, they experienced something similar. At that time there was somehow a mentality and an atmosphere that tried to bend these alleged talents, which the orchestra invited, to the point where they supposedly break.’