Harold Gomberg

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Harold Gomberg (November 30, 1916 – September 7, 1985) was the principal (first or solo) oboist of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 through 1977.

Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Harold and his brother Ralph studied with Marcel Tabuteau, considered the father of American oboe playing, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Harold Gomberg held positions with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He was a longtime member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, and recorded several albums of solo oboe repertoire during his long and very distinguished career. His younger brother Ralph Gomberg, (d. 2006) was the longtime principal oboist of the Boston Symphony. He also worked for some years on the faculty of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal.

Harold Gomberg was also an avid painter, and was married to the harpist/composer Margret Brill. He died of a heart attack in Capri.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Concertos for 1 & 2 Violins & Strings Bach; Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Harold Gomberg, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Bernstein 2
1995 Violin concertos BWV 1041 / 1042 / 1043 / 1060 J. S. Bach; Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Harold Gomberg 2
1998 Bernstein Century: Bach: Piano Concerto BWV1052 / Violin Concerto BWV1042 / Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV1060 / Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto Bach, Vivaldi; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Isaac Stern, Harold Gomberg, William Heim 1
1998 The Four Seasons / Concerto for Diverse Instruments / Oboe Concerto / Flute Concerto Vivaldi; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Harold Gomberg, John Wummer 1

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