Kai Gleusteen & Catherine Ordronneau
George Zukerman O.C., O.B.C.
Legendary bassoon soloist, impresario, Artistic Director of White Rock Concerts and celebrated broadcaster and raconteur, George Zukerman, O.C., O.B.C. ended his 62-year international performing career in 2012.
During his playing career, George Zukerman was acknowledged world-wide as “the High Priest of the bassoon”, fashioning a remarkable international solo career on this unlikely instrument. He has performed from Rome to Tahiti, Hong Kong to Afghanistan, China to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in the course of 40 world tours.
Over the course of his career, he made it his mission to unearth hundreds of previously unknown works for the instrument and to commission new ones. George Zukerman was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his contributions to touring both at home and abroad.
George Zukerman has been behind many of Special Travel International’s Classical Music Tours. Through his world-wide contacts as impresario, he has arranged and coordinated most of the concerts on board our cruise ships and carefully selected opera and symphonic events to attend during our Classical Music Cruise in the Rhone Valley in 2016, our Classical Music Cruises on the Danube in 2015 and 2018 and on the Rhine in 2019. While on our tours, George Zukerman prefaces all musical events with his unique stories of a musical life which began with early contact with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Paul Hindemith, Salvatore Accardo, Isaac Stern, Janos Starker, Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich.