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First Name: Koen
Last Name: van Slogteren
Bio: Koen van Slogteren (1922 - 1995). It is with a great deal of surprise and sadness that we must report the tragic accidental death of former IDRS Second Vice President (1993- 1995), Koen van Slogteren, on December 14, 1995, in Essen, Germany. Koen, who was one of the driving forces behind last year's 24th Annual Conference of the IDRS in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was a revered and legendary Dutch oboist performer and teacher. Born in 1922, Koen studied music in the Hague and philosophy of education in Tilburg. He performed as principal oboe in the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, Hilversum; the Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam; and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Danzi Wind Quintet, with which he made many recordings and international concert tours. Since 1968, he has been strongly involved in teaching at the Conservatories in Amsterdam, Maastricht, and Zwolle. From 1981 he taught chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Kˆln, and the Folkwanghochschule in Essen. It was while teaching in Essen that the fatal accident occurred.According to reports from Dutch sources, Koen entered a darkened auditorium looking for a music stand and fell into a sunken orchestra pit, where he struck his head and never regained consciousness. The IDRS mourns his untimely loss and joins with his family and colleagues in honoring his memory. In the words of his colleague and co-host of the recent conference, Erik Langefeld: "At least he saw his dream - the Rotterdam Festival - come true."
Source: The Double Reed 19/1