Robert Issell, 1938-2017

August 23, 2017
in News

Bob was a lovely, generous man and an excellent violinist, who enriched our musical life, both here in Auckland and in England, where the bulk of his professional orchestral career took place.

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My first impressions of Bob came early: I was a young, self-doubting student playing my first professional orchestral gigs in the Symphonia of Auckland, the precursor of the Auckland Philharmonia; Bob was the leader of the orchestra, genial, gifted and effortlessly skilled.

Very soon after, he left for London to try his luck as a free-lance musician, and soon proved his abilities by scoring a full-time position first with the LSO and then with the orchestra he revered the most in the world, the Royal Philharmonic. And there he remained until the mid-1990’s, when serious ill-health brought him back to live in New Zealand. After his recovery in 2000, he devoted himself to teaching, a path he embraced with characteristic enthusiasm and commitment.

Bob was a man of many talents – he was also a passionate fisherman and the founder of a successful advertising agency, as well as a much-loved father, grandfather and great grandfather. The last 17 years felt, to him and those close to him, like an unexpected gift, every day a bonus to be lived fully and well.

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