The talented Giuseppe Tomassini (Petritoli 1915-1987) was a musician of rare artistic and personal qualities and made a great contribution to the reputation of Petritoli, the province of Fermo, the Marche and nevertheless of Italy, always receiving great reviews from the world most famous conductors. During his prestigious career he inspired a new school that prepared the best oboists of the latest generations. Giuseppe Tomassini is unanimously recognized as one of the masters of Italian oboe’s school, particularly to the roman school.
He studied with Riccardo Scozzi, acclaimed soloist and professor and graduated with the highest marks at “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome. His career is linked to the activity of the Orchestra of “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia”, where he entered in 1944 as second oboe but often taking over the role of first oboe which it will become his permanent position in 1950 after winning the contest organized by the Institution. Since then and for many years he interchanged the activity of orchestra’s professor to the career as soloist obtaining everywhere unanimous consent of public ad critics.
Worth to mention that Tomassini was the first in Italy to perform the Concert for Oboe and Orchestra by Richard Strauss, under the direction of Fernando Previtali, on March 17th 1957 at “Teatro Argentina”, in Rome.
The musical phrasing, the sweet and soft sound, the technical confidence and professional ethics were the strength of this artist appreciated by all the conductors that he worked with, from Bruno Walter that referred to him as a “performer of great talent” to Leopold Stokowsky that said of him “a first class solo oboe”, from Leonard Bernstein to Herbert Von Karajan “confident and polished interpreter” to Virgilio Mortari that praised his “warm, pliable and expressive sound and his artistic passion”.
From 1948 and for more than 20 years he teached at “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome counting among his many students Bruno Incagnoli, already first oboe for the Orchestra “RAI di Roma“, Augusto Loppi, already first oboe for the Orchestra of “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” and Carlo Romano, already first oboe for the Orchestra “Nazionale della RAI”.