Obituary: Buffalo Philharmonic violist Bernard Fleshler, 83

Posted on: July 23, 2012

Thursday’s (7/19) Buffalo News (New York) reports, “Bernard Fleshler, a former violist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 83. Mr. Fleshler was born in Brooklyn. After graduating from the High School of Music and Art, he attended New York University, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. He served in the U.S. Army overseas during the Korean War, performing as a baritone horn player with the 7th Army Symphony and 7th Army String Quartet. Upon his return, he studied viola with Conrad Held, a Juilliard School professor, and joined the New Orleans Philharmonic. There, he met his wife, Clementina Hewitt, who played violin and piano. They were asked in 1959 by Conductor Josef Krips to join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where Mr. Fleshler would remain for 47 years until his retirement following the 2005-06 season. … Mr. Fleshler also invented and patented a device called the ‘Acoustashield,’ a portable, acoustical baffle that fits on the back of a player’s chair to reduce the hazardous effects of high-intensity sound. It’s currently in use by orchestras around the country, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.”

Posted July 23, 2012