- George Gelles
- , revised by Peter Schmelz
(b Höhr, Westerwald, Aug 24, 1928; d Berlin, July 29, 2005). German flautist . He trained at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt and at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold. While still a student he won first prize in the 1947 competition sponsored by German radio in Frankfurt. After completing his studies in 1950, he became a much sought-after recitalist and chamber musician. From 1960 to 1969 he was solo flautist of the Berlin PO, and during this period also taught at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists at its inception. In 1968 the critics of Germany honoured him for his outstanding work. In 1969 he left the orchestra and became professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. He rejoined the Berlin PO in 1977. Zöller had continued to tour as a recitalist and soloist, and gave the first performances of concertos by Ligeti, Isang Yun and Manfred Trojahn....