Israel Phil’s American tuba has died

Israel Phil’s American tuba has died

In 1973, Zubin Mehta plucked Matthew Garbutt, 21, from Los Angeles as principal tuba of the Israel Philharmonic.

Garbutt held the position for three interesting years before returning to the US. He then settled in San Diego as principal tuba of the Symphony and principal conductor of the Summer Pops. He retired three years ago and died this month, aged 73.

From his retirement tribute:
During his three years in Israel Philharmonic Matt played hundreds of fulfilling concerts, went on tour six times and even conducted the orchestra once (Brahms Symphony No. 2). After Matt’s final concert during his last tour, Matt would have a conversation with Mr Mehta letting him know that he would be leaving Israel Philharmonic so he could conduct. Though the maestro was disappointed and thought he was a fool for leaving, Matt followed his heart back to California in hopes of fulfilling his dreams.

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