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Remembering Lorne Munroe

Posted May 06, 2020

Former Principal Cello Lorne Munroe 

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Lorne Munroe, Principal Cello (1964–96). His 32-year tenure included more than 150 concerto collaborations, including with Music Directors Bernstein (who hired him), Boulez, Mehta, and Masur. An unfailingly kind and unflappable gentleman, he passed along his legacy, learned from teachers including Piatigorsky, to his students at the Philadelphia University for the Arts and The Juilliard School. The Philharmonic extends condolences to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

(Photo by Chris Lee: former Principal Cello Lorne Munroe bows after performing Fauré’s Elegy with the New York Philharmonic, led by then Music Director Zubin Mehta, in January 1990)