- Philip Bate
(b Brooklyn, NY, Apr 27, 1925; d New York, NY, May 16, 1997). American flutist and conductor. He studied at Brooklyn College (1940–45), and at the Juilliard School (1942–8) with GEORGES BARRÈRE, Arthur Lora (flute), and Edgar Schenkman (conducting). He gained orchestral experience with the New York SO, the New York City Opera, and the Minneapolis SO (principal flute), and in 1949 was a founder-member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, with which he played regularly (1949–69, and again from 1980), making many notable recordings and giving many first performances. In the mid-1950s he turned increasingly to chamber music and until 1965 was associated successively with the American Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Soloists, and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. In that year, he joined the Bach Aria Group, of which he became music director in 1980. As a soloist his repertory is large, and he has given many first performances....