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Boston loses a noted bassoon

Matthew Ruggiero, sometime principal bassoon of the Boston Pops, has died in a city hospice. He was assistant bassoon in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1961. In 1974, Seji Ozawa and Arthur Fiedler promoted him to the first seat in the Pops.

Philadelphia born, he taught and played five summers at Marlboro with Rudolf Serkin and Marcel Moyse.

Aside from his music, Matthew held several degrees from Harvard including an MA in Italian literature.

May he rest in peace.


Here‘s an account of his life, published in the Globe.

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  1. Matthew Ruggerio was a consumate bassoonist and teacher who influenced many fine musicians. I’ll always remember his insightful comments on character in the solo bassoon literature. Thanks for this tribute, Norman!

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