As the year draws to a close, we’d like to take the time to remember those remarkable musicians whom we lost from our community this year.
French composer, conductor, and pianist Pierre Boulez – Aged 90.
Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt – Aged 86.
Academy of St. Martin’s Founder Sir Neville Marriner – Aged 92.
British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – Aged 81.
American composer Steven Stucky – Aged 66.
Boston Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Jules Eskin – Aged 85.
American violinist and teacher Ida Levin – Aged 53.
American violinist and pedagogue Margaret Pardee – Aged 95.
German-born conductor Otto-Werner Mueller – Aged 89.
Austrian cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff – Aged 65.
Former Berlin Philharmonic principal cellist Eberhard Finke – Aged 96.
American composer, activist, and accordionist Pauline Oliveros – Aged 84.
Czech-American composer and conductor Karel Husa – Aged 95.
Hungarian-American former Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Francis Akos – Aged 93.
Brazilian avant-garde composer Gilberto Mendes – Aged 93.
Dutch trombonist of André Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra Ruud Merx – Aged 47.
Italian violist and pedagogue Elisa Pegreffi – Aged 93.
German-born American violist Peter Kamnitzer – Aged 93.
Swiss-born conductor Gustav Meier – Aged 86.
Mexican composer, arranger, and mariachi violinist Don José “Pepe” Martínez – Aged 74.
American conductor Charles R Ellis – Aged 67.
Shostakovich String Quartet violist and pedagogue Alexander Galkovsky.
Former Academy of St. Martin’s concertmaster Alan Loveday.
Estonian conductor Eri Klas – Aged 76.
Canadian TV conductor, arranger, and Music Director Howard Cable – Aged 95.
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Richard Chandler – Aged 52.
Lithuanian violinist and conductor Saulius Sondeckis – Aged 87.
Finnish conductor Ulf Söderblom – Aged 85.
British-born Australian cellist Christine Jackson – Aged 53.
American violin dealer Dan Schab – Aged 58.
French-born Spanish cellist David Etheve – Aged 50.
Russian-born Norwegian pianist Natalia Streichenko – Aged 38.
Former Mannes School of Music dean Dr Charles Kaufman – Aged 87.
Irish violinist and founder of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia Mary Gallagher O’Rourke – Aged 76.
Romanian-born Israeli violinist Rodica Iosub – Aged 56.
New York City Opera violinist Kate Light.
Former Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago – Aged 92.
Film score composer and bassist Don “Terry” Plumeri – Aged 71.
Former Santa Rosa Symphony concertmaster Eugene Shepherd – Aged 96.
Former Philadelphia Orchestra double bassist Emilio “Lee” Gravagno – Aged 82.
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra assistant principal cellist Hendrik Zwiener – Aged 37.
Russian french hornist Vladimir Garushka – Aged 31.
American cellist and Suzuki pedagogue Gilda Barston – Aged 71.
Armenian-American violinist and pedagogue Anahid Ajemian – Aged 92.
Welsh cellist and pedagogue Gwyneth George – Aged 95.
Romanian composer, scholar, and musicologist Pascal Bentoiu – Aged 88.
American violinist and pedagogue Jerrold Rubenstein.
German violist Elisabeth Schaefer.
American conductor and founder of the Cathedral Choral Society Reilly Lewis – Aged 72.
Italian opera conductor Edoardo Miller – Aged 78.
Dutch violinist, composer, and educator Bernard van Beurden – Aged 82.
Former Vienna Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Klaus Maetzl – Aged 75.
South African film and TV composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz – Aged 100.
Medici Quartet violinist Paul Robertson – Aged 63.
Italian violinist and concertmaster of the Orchestra della Tuscana Andrew Tacchi – Aged 63.
Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Barry Socher – Aged 68.
Los Angeles Philharmonic double bassist Frederick Tinsley – Aged 76.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic violinist Lois Fees – Aged 82.
Australian violinist and member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Stephen Phillips – Aged 54.
Serbian violinist and pedagogue Dejan Mihailovic – Aged 84.
French-born composer and pioneer of electronic pop music Jean-Jacques Perrey – Aged 87.
American violinist Mary Whitaker – Aged 61.
American violist and music teacher Christopher Waters – Aged 30.
American violinist and educator John Lambros – Aged 98.
South Korean violinist Hyuk-Joo Kwun – Aged 31.
Daughter of ‘The Piano Guys’ co-founder Jon Schmidt Annie Schmidt – Aged 21.
Australian violist Paul Leggett – Aged 48.
Italian violinist and violist Greta Medini – Aged 26.
Philanthropist and co-founder of the UK-based Borletti-Buitoni Trust Franco Buitoni – Aged 82.
Rest in peace, and thank you.