Oboist William Bennett, 56

SF Symphony Photo A New Haven musical success story died after suffering a hemorrhage during a performance the week before last.

The musician, William Bennett, was 56. He had a cerebral hemorrhage during a performance of the San Francisco Symphony, in which he served as principal oboist. He later died, on Feb. 28, in the hospital.

Bennett was born in New Haven in 1956. He attended Hooker School, Neighborhood Music School, and Hopkins, before studying at Yale and then Julliard.

He joined San Francisco’s symphony in 1979 and found his home. Click here to read about his life and death in an article by San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman.

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posted by: Fair and Honest on March 4, 2013  7:40pm

Thank you for putting this on the NHI. I had heard of Bennett’s collapse, but did not know of his connection to New Haven. 

He was a home-grown success story to be proud of.  We are so sorry for his untimely death.