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In Memoriam 2020



18 January 2020



Robert Crowley - Acclaimed Clarinetist and Teacher - Solo Clarinetist Emeritus in the Montreal Symphony - In Memoriam


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


                       Robert Crowley's professional world was one of music and performance. He always said it was an immense privilege to be able to work at that about which he was most passionate. He started playing clarinet at age 9 as part of the school band in Deer Park, Long Island. He excelled and was accepted to the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty. He completed his Master's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Robert Marcellus. He performed in the United States from 1973 to 1976. In 1976 he won the audition for Associate Principal clarinetist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Principal in 1998. Bob was always known for his persistent quest for the perfect reed and for the perfect mouthpiece. But the result was so worth it! He could play like no one else and produce an angelic sound. He was also a devoted teacher to an entire generation of clarinet students at McGill University. He was proud of each and every one.


                 You can call this is trademark recording- Rhapsody in Blue....



14 January 2020



Guy DePlus, Renowned French Clarinetist and Professor at the Paris Superiore Conservatory and a Founding member of the Paris Intercontemparian with Pierre Boulez - In Memoriam


Paris, France


                     Guy Deplus studied clarinet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and received Premiers Prix in clarinet and chamber music. He was a professor of clarinet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and was retired. He taught many French orchestral clarinetists. He was also one of the clarinetists who collaborated with Buffet Crampon on the creation of the Tosca and Festival clarinets. Together with Pierre Boulez, Deplus cofounded the "Concerts du Domaine Musical". He was a soloist in the Paris Opera. Deplus received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Clarinet Association (for "Outstanding Performance, Teaching, Research, and Service to the Clarinet).  He has been Director of the International Clarinet Congress 81 and 97 held in Paris.  His collaboration with Buffet-Crampon, the renowned Clarinet Maker brought about the development of advanced Clarinet models including the Tosca and other models.  He was 96 years old.




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