Wilfred Roberts, Principal Bassoon of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on Gen Z and Work Ethic

Wilfred Roberts is one of today’s premier bassoonists. Internationally recognized for his consummate artistry, Roberts became principal bassoon of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and retired from this position in October 2015. His 50-year tenure as principal bassoon is the longest on record for any major orchestra. He graduated with highest honors from Oberlin Conservatory and also studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Before beginning his career in the United States, he served as principal bassoon of the Camerata Academica Orchestra of Salzburg, touring throughout Europe and recording on the Deutsche Grammophone label.

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