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Roger Voisin, The Youngest Player

Posted by Geoff Edgers  October 2, 2006 12:43 PM
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Okay, so it wasn't our error. The Boston Symphony Orchestra told us, for our Friday profile of Julianne Lee, that Ronald Feldman had been the youngest player in BSO history. Nope. As a few friendly callers reported, trumpet master Roger Voisin got his BSO gig at the age of 17 in 1935. It will be duly noted in the newspaper.

Out of courtesy, we called Voisin, who is now 88.

He told us how his father, Rene, already a BSO trumpeter, didn't want Roger to take the job. "He said, 'you don't know anything.' He said no for about two of three days."

Did you argue with him?

"I had nothing to do with it. I just said, 'oui, papa.'"

Finally, one of the BSO players talked to the elder Voisin. "He said, 'Rene, don't punish him.'"

Did Voisin have any advice for Julianne Lee, the violinist who is now the BSO's youngest player?

"The conductor's always right. When you go home, you do what you want. But when you're in the orchestra, you do what the conductor wants you to do."

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