Pierre Thibaud 1929-2004 October 30, 2004   
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Pierre Thibaud at his masterclass in Gorizia, Italy in September 2000
Pierre Thibaud at his masterclass in Gorizia, Italy, September 2000

Virtuoso and acclaimed teacher Pierre Thibaud died at his home in Paris on Friday 29th October. He was 75 years old.

Having earlier been first trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra and in the band of the Garde Républicaine, Thibaud was Principal Trumpet at the Paris Opera from 1966 to 1992, and professor at the Paris Conservatoire from 1975 to 1994. Håkan Hardenberger is among the many eminent players who have studied with him. Thibaud was described by Pierre Dutot as "one of the best teachers of the 20th century".

Stephen Burns writes: "His great virtuosity and expression were only surpassed by his limitless passion for the trumpet and boundless generosity as a teacher and champion of contemporary music.

"The whole trumpet world will miss this great artist/teacher."

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 3rd November.

Dr Edward Tarr has written a full obituary for the ITG. This will be printed in the March 2005 ITG Journal.


3rd January 2005: Dr Tarr's obituary scheduled for print

Source: Stephen Chenette, Stephen Burns, Grove (article by E H Tarr)
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