Paul Renzi, longtime principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony, died on December 6 at 88. He had a remarkable career: appointed to the principal seat by Pierre Monteux at age 18, played with Toscanini in the NBC Symphony, came back to SFS, and retired a decade ago. I'm intrigued by the quotations in Joshua Kosman's excellent obituary from Tim Day, Renzi's successor, and associate principal Robin McKee. I wonder if either of them would be willing to expand on their remarks.
I myself didn't know Renzi's playing well; he retired just as I started to become a regular at SFS, alas.