with his family in 1895, and began bassoon instruction at age 11 with his father Marcus, also a bassoonist. By 1906, he was already of bassoonist with the Russian Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in the 1908 season, Benjamin Kohon was appointed solo bassoon of the New York Philharmonic under Gustav Mahler where he stayed 1908-1912, He went to the Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal bassoon from 1912-1915. Then, like Daniel Bonade, Kohon joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russe American tours in 1915 and 1916. The first summer in 1915 was under Ansermet, which group also recorded Schumann under Ansermet for Columbia Graphophone - disk A5845 in 1915.
Philip Farkas born March 5, 1914 in Chicago of parents of Czechoslovak origin. Farkas described his family as not being not particularly musical, but he took piano lessons 126. Then, in the school band, Farkas initially took up the tuba. In a famous Farkas story, one day, boarding the street car with his large tuba, the conductor complained that the tuba took up too much space, leading Farkas to change to the horn. He started horn study at about age 14, and was initially self-taught. As a student, he was first horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony. Farkas described his early horn education: '...One day, while going past Carl Geyer's workshop, I heard some incredibly beautiful sounds coming out the door. Upon investigating, I found that it was Louis Dufrasne trying out a new Geyer horn [Louis Victor Dufrasne. born in Belgium in 1878, was Principal horn of the Chicago Opera Company]. At that exact moment, I determined two things; I would some day own a Geyer horn and I would have Mr. Dufrasne as my teacher. I started with Mr. Dufrasne right away, but it took quite a few months before Carl Geyer determined whether or not I was qualified to own one of his beautiful horns. But in the end, I got my Geyer horn and played it for about 23 years...'126.
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After gaining his MMus at Juilliard, David Bilger was the first-prize winner of the 1985 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In the summer of 1990, David Bilger played in the summer season of the New York Philharmonic. Starting in 1988, David Bilger joined the Dallas Symphony, first as Co-Principal trumpet, and moving into the Principal chair 1991-1995. In 1995, David Bilger won the competition to become Principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, succeeding Frank Kaderabek, and continuing the long tradition of excellence of the Philadelphia trumpet section. As well as his responsibilities as section head, Bilger acts as chairman of the artistic committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra. David Bilger is also a composer, such as , a work for trumpet, horn and piano showing the expressive possibilities of the trumpet. His wife Angela Cordell Bilger is a horn player who has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra. David Bilger has been particularly active in teaching. He joined the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia 2011-2013, while continuing his program teaching at the Curtis Institute and at the Boyer College of Music - Temple University. At the same time, continuing his full schedule with the Philadelphia Orchestra. David Bilger has recorded a number of CDs. Of particular note is First Chairs, a CD of music of Samuel Adler (1928- ), also of the Juilliard School, featuring extended solo music performed by some of the most famous Principals of US orchestras, including Bilger. One of my favorites is a recording of the Brandenburg Concerto no 2, with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on a CMS CD with exciting and stylish playing of the difficult trumpet part --- the set is one of the finest Brandenburg recordings available. Eric Carlson, Second trombone, Nitzan Haroz, Principal trombone, Matt Vaughn, then Associate Principal trombone and now Co-Principal trombone, Blair Bollinger, Bass trombone, (l to r) the great Philadelphia Orchestra trombone choir pictured here in 2004.