Centennial players: In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history.
The associate principal bassoonist is the only musician in a family of scientists. Born in Michigan, he had to give up clarinet because of two missing baby teeth at age 8, and took up violin. In high school he played bassoon, and at Indiana University he majored in music and languages, picking up Italian, French and “tour German.” A master’s degree at Juilliard was followed by a position at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra before joining the San Francisco Symphony in 1983. He has formed chamber orchestras and conducts. His electric car is charged from solar cells on the roof of his Noe Valley home. Both the car battery and solar-panel technology were invented by family members.