Surrey resident George Zukerman is a performer and impresario, a person of extraordinary imagination and initiative who has distinguished himself as a solo bassoonist and as an artistic manager.
Before Mr. Zukerman achieved success in his solo career, the bassoon was seldom seen anywhere except in the back ranks of a symphony. He was the first soloist on the instrument ever invited to tour with symphony orchestras and in recital around the globe.
While one of the most widely travelled Canadian solo artists, George Zukerman has also devoted many years to the development of audiences in British Columbia’s smaller communities. He has placed special emphasis on the needs of isolated and remote areas in organizing thousands of concerts, giving the residents opportunities to appreciate, enjoy and participate in the performing arts.
Well respected throughout the Canadian music scene, he has contributed, over the past four decades, to the career development of many young British Columbia artists. In 1993, Mr. Zukerman received the Order of Canada and the annual National Arts Centre award for “distinguished contribution to touring in Canada”.