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Foster, Eugene (7th August 1922-5th September 1972)

He is a flautist and teacher born in New York, New York, whose original name was Eugene Bibb.  He called himself Eugene Frohman Foster after taking the surname of his stepfather when his mother remarried.

He took his studies at the Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute and toured Canada and the United States with the Sadlers Wells Ballet, the New York Ballet Theater and the Bolshoi Ballet.  He declined an offer from Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra to be their Principal Flutist but accepted that position from the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 1952.

He was also a very highly thought of teacher who helped many students through private tuition and masterclasses.

He left the Utah Symphony Orchestra in 1971 and died the following year in Salt Lake City when he was 50 years old.

Utah Symphony Orchestra recordings

Leroy Anderson recordings
Forgotten Dreams
Silverline 284 204 (CD: Fiddle Faddle)
Conductor  – Maurice Abravanel
Flute – Eugene Foster

Here’s the Utah Symphony Orchestra performing Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Grand Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra” with Eugene List…