Albert Goltzer passes away

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    Harry Searing

    I’ve just heard that Albert Goltzer passed away on Saturday, November 10 from pneumonia. Can’t find anything on line yet.

    Albert was a dear man and a beautiful artist. It was he and his brother Harold who welcomed me into the NY Philharmonic when I started subbing there back in 1974. Even though I didn’t study with Harold, both he and Albert treated me like I belonged there. They made me feel very comfortable in a difficult position. I will never forget either of them.

    And, I will never forget the jokes that Albert told! He was a great joke teller, especially his “Max and Sadie” stories.

    My condolences to Doris and his family.

    Delmar Williams

    On line guestbook for Albert Goltzer

    GOLTZER–Albert, retired Associate Principal oboist of the New York
    Philharmonic, died Saturday in a Connecticut hospital of pneumonia.
    He was 89. Mr. Goltzer retired from the Philharmonic in 1984 after a
    long and distinguished orchestral career. Born in Brooklyn, New York
    on July 25, 1918, he did not begin to study music until he was
    thirteen, while at Brooklyn’s Tilden High School. Young Albert was a
    natural. In 1938, just nineteen years old, he was invited to join the
    New York Philharmonic by then music director Sir John Barbirolli, who
    heard him play chamber music at a party. Just before that, he had won
    a scholarship to Julliard as well as the Gabrilowitch Memorial
    Scholarship of the National Orchestral Association. He studied with
    Philharmonic musicians Engelbert Brenner, Bruno Labate and Michael
    Nazzi. Mr. Goltzer was so young he lied about his age so he could
    sign his contract with the orchestra. Mr. Goltzer took a leave of
    absence to serve in the military during World War II. In 1946, he
    assumed the position of solo oboist with the St. Louis Symphony.
    After his stay in St. Louis, he was solo oboe with the CBS Symphony
    and the WOR Orchestra, and a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet.
    In 1955, Mr. Goltzer was invited back to the New York Philharmonic by
    Dimitri Metropolis, where he played until 1984 as associate
    principal. Albert Goltzer made numerous recordings and was on the
    faculties of the Julliard, Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music. He
    is survived by his beloved wife, Doris, an accomplished orchestral
    musician currently with the New York City Opera, son George and
    George’s wife, Barbara Gertel Goltzer, son Seth, brother-in-law Alvin
    Delman, and grandchildren Andrew, Jill, Samantha and Adam. His late
    brother, Harold Goltzer, played beside him for many years as
    associate Principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic. Services
    Monday, 11:15am at “The Riverside”, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
    Published in the New York Times on 11/12/2007.

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