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.