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December 1   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

The go-to clarinet teacher has died

Former students and colleagues are sharing the sad news of the death of Donald Montanaro, a legendary teacher at the Curtis Institute from 1980 to his retirement two years ago. Donald played in the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1957 to 2005. A student of Daniel Bonade, the first clarinet teacher at Curtis, he represented a line of tradition that stretched back 90 years and more. His students occupy prncipal positions in many of the world’s premier ensembles.

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