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Oscar Zimmerman


September 21, 1910 in Philadelphia.


April 2, 1987 in Traverse City, Michigan
Oscar Zimmerman Studied with: Anton Torelló i Ros at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Played for:  Philadelphia Orchestra from 1930 to 1936, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, NBC Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic.

Instruments:  His favorite instrument was a Gagliano he bought while still at Curtis from Torello. He called it the Black Gagliano because he had two, a yellow and black. For the last ten years of his life he had two basses, a Francesco Rugieri and a Hugo Rautmann. He heard Waldimar Geise play the Scontrino Concerto, on the Rautmann with Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra while a student a Curtis. He was so impressed with the projection that he bought the bass at Geise' death (1948) and used it for all his solo work. (This information courtesy of Robert Zimmerman.)

Comment: Professor of double bass at the Eastman School of Music.


Zimmerman, Oacar G. and Murphy, George, Once More...From the Beginning

Kupferberg, Herbert, Those Fabulous Philadelphians (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969)


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