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BIAL--Bert. The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of bassoonist/contrabassoonist Bert Bial (1957-95). Beloved by his colleagues, he was also the Philharmonic's official photographer, documenting both milestones and daily life. A collection of his photos, "Focus on the Philharmonic," was published on the Orchestra's 150th anniversary. The Philharmonic extends condolences to his wife, children, and granddaughters. Music Director Jaap van Zweden President & CEO Deborah Borda

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Published in New York Times on May 23, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
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Lia Jones
May 24, 2020
Bert was a good neighbor, a good man, and a good friend. Our children grew up together and our families have all remained friends for many years. Berts death is a loss for us all. Our deepest sympathy for Claudia and her children and grandchildren.
Herb and Lynda Gomberg
Herb and Lynda Gomberg
May 23, 2020
Your obvious incredible devotion to each other must make his loss that much more difficult. Please accept my most heartfelt
Martha Schaeffer
May 22, 2020
Bert was a loyal colleague and a delightful friend in the Pittsburgh Symphony in the early fifties. I send heartfelt condolences to his loving family.
Eddie Myers
May 22, 2020
Bert Bial was one of my oldest friends in the New York Philharmonic. We met at the Music Academy of the West in 1952, and he already had a strong interest in photography. His friendship made my joining our orchestra easier, and his constant work on committees within our orchestra spoke to his concern for bettering the working conditions.
I treasure his book of photos of the New York Philharmonic, which gave a kind of immortality to all our colleagues. My deepest condolences to Claudia and all his family. With respectful and affectionate sympathy,
Orin OBrien (double bass)
Orin OBrien
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