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Albert Webster



Biography

Albert Webster is four years younger than his brother Richard, also a member of the National Symphony Orchestra's bass section. Beginning on clarinet, Mr. Webster naturally "found" the bass, noting his brother's musical influence. While in high school, he attended the preparatory division of the Eastman School of Music and was awarded a full scholarship. He earned bachelor's degrees in both music performance and music education, studying primarily with Oscar Zimmerman and later with Warren Benfield in Chicago. Throughout his school career, Mr. Webster played with the Rochester Philharmonic and, during his senior year, was also the principal bassist with the Eastman Philharmonia. After graduation, he played with the Milwaukee Symphony for one year and became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in 1965.

March 2003
Albert Webster