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Steven Witser, L.A. Philharmonic principal trombonist, dies suddenly


The Los Angeles Times

Culture Monster is saddened to learn that Steven Witser, the principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, died of a heart attack Monday night. He was 48.

Witser was scheduled to perform in tonight's Chamber Music concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert will go forward, but the orchestra will not perform the final piece, Stravinsky's "Octet," in which Witser was scheduled to play.

The orchestra will dedicate Thursday's concert in memory of Witser, according to a spokeswoman for the Philharmonic. A short opening piece (still to be determined) will be performed in his honor.

Witser joined the L.A. Phil as principal trombonist at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. He had previously served as acting principal trombonist of the Cleveland Orchestra, which he joined in 1989.

The Oakland, Calif., native has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and other institutions. He was also a member of Center City Brass Quintet.

Photo: Steven Witser. Credit: Mathew Imaging.


I met Steven during the 1993 ITF in Cleveland. What a great guy and what a wonderful, talented musician he was.
During this Festival I stayed at Steven and Marta's house for several days together with my friend Martin vd Berg.
We had such a great time!

In 1998, during my USA tour, I again stayed with the Witsers and this time had the chance to play together with Steven a lot.
It was a real treat to play with him, to stay with my friends again and feel their warmth.

It is so difficult to believe and accept that Steven is not there any more. This guy was so full with energy and talent.

I feel so sorry for his beloved ones and wish them all the strenght they need in this terrible period!
Steven, we
will all miss you so much!



Jean-Mathieu Royer said:

I want to offer my dear sympathies to Steven's family and friends. It is very hard to live something like this, but the better way through it, is to still believe in the deceased, to think that he is still with us.

Now, god will hear a handful of trombone concertos and sonatas =-)

God bless you,

Jean-Mathieu Royer

April 30, 2009 10:56 PM

Christian Rudaz said:

Quelle affreuse nouvelle !

Je l'ai découvert par son CD High Anxiety Bones, il était extraordinaire, un régal.

Mais beaucoup trop tôt disparu. Pourquoi ???

Toute ma sympathie à sa famille. Tu resteras dans notre cœur Steven.  

May 21, 2009 10:43 AM

FAN YU said:

God bless you !

May 28, 2009 3:18 PM

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