William Bennett (oboist)

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William Bennett
Background information
Born(1956-05-31)May 31, 1956
New Haven, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 28, 2013(2013-02-28) (aged 56)
San Francisco, California
Years active1979–2013
Associated actsSan Francisco Symphony

William Bennett (May 31, 1956 – February 28, 2013) was an American musician. He was the principal oboist for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.


Bennett was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1979, and was promoted to principal oboist in 1987, after Marc Lifschey's retirement.

John Harbison's oboe concerto was written for him.[1]

Bennett died in San Francisco on February 28, 2013, a few days after collapsing on stage during a performance of the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss. He was 56 and is survived by his wife and two children.[2]


  1. ^ Fronckowiak, Ann (2006). The Oboe Concerto of John Harbison. The Ohio State University. ISBN 9780542930096.
  2. ^ Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (February 28, 2013)