Harry Shulman, a concert
oboist and music teacher, died yesterday at Roosevelt Hospital after a
long illness. He was 55 years old.
Mr. Shulman began
his professional career when he was 19 as first oboe with the Pittsburgh
Symphony, after he had been selected by Otto Klemperer, the conductor,
while the youth was still at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Three years later,
he joined the N.B.C. Symphony at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. He
remained with the orchestra until he joined the Armed Forces, and then
became a member of the music staff of the American Broadcasting Company.
He appeared in a number
of concerts in various parts of the United States, playing with leader
chamber music groups. He also was a soloist in the Casals Music Festival
and played in the Puerto Rico Festival since its inception in 1957.
For years, Mr. Shulman
was a member of the Aspen Music Festival and School as a performing artist
and teacher. He was a member of the board of directors at Aspen.
During the 1970-71
season, he was a professor at Oberlin College. He held a Master of Arts
Degree in Music History from Hunter College.
Mr. Shulman recorded
extensively. His record, "Music for Oboe and Orchestra" under
the Kapp label has been reported to have become well known throughout
Mr. Shulman was a
native of Rochester, N.Y., and began musical training at a very early
age as a violin student. When the junior high school in Rochester needed
an oboist for its orchestra, he was persuaded to take up the instrument.
With the assistance
of his friend and neighbor, Mitch Miller, who also began his career as
an oboist, he progressed and, even as a youth, he was regarded by critics
to be one of the country's leading virtuosos.
He leaves his wife,
Helen, a son, Ivan, and a daughter, Mara.