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In Memoriam – Remembering the Remarkable Music Makers We Lost in 2019 [RIP]

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 in 2019

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 in 2019.


Long time Curtis Institute of Music violin pedagogue Aaron Rosand passed away from pneumonia – aged 92.

Celebrated German-American conductor, classical, pop and jazz pianist and composer Sir André Previn passed away at his home in New York City following a short illness – aged 89.

Latvian-Russian conductor Mariss Jansons passed away at his home in St Petersburg, Russia from a longstanding heart condition – aged 76.

World renowned American soprano Jessye Norman passed away – aged 74.

Respected Los Angeles-based violinist and pedagogue Ms Alice Schoenfeld passed away – aged 98.

Respected Hungarian violinist, pedagogue and string-playing ergonomics author Kató Havas passed away – aged 98.

Israeli-born cellist and pedagogue Uzi Weisel passed away – aged 92.

American violist and pedagogue Jerry Horner passed away.

American violin and viola pedagogue Abram Loft passed away – aged 97.

American cellist George Neikrug passed away – aged 100.

Czech cellist Viktor Moučka passed away – aged 93.

American violist Laura Bruton passed away – following a lengthy battle with cancer.

British double bassist, composer and arranger Tony Osborne passed away – aged 71.

Ukrainian-born Canadian cellist and educator Vladimir Orloff passed away – aged 90.

Symphony of Southeast Texas Orchestra’ 1st violinist, Yu Zhao Gu passed away – aged just 60.

American violinist John C. Merrill passed away from pancreatic cancer – aged 75.

Chinese-born violinist and violist Xi Yang passed away from colon cancer – aged just 56.

Czechoslovakian-born Los Angeles-based violinist Pavel Farkas passed away – aged 77.

Russian-born American cellist James Arkatov passed away – aged 98.

Russian-born violinist Yuri Sheykhet passed away due to complications from heart disease – aged 85.

American violinist Sara ‘Sally’ Barto Moore passed away – aged 95.

Russian-British violinist Katya Tsukanova passed away – aged just 17.

Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma passed away – aged 85.

German violinist Christian Stadelmann passed away following a serious illness – aged just 60.

Soviet-born American violinist Lazar Gosman passed away – aged 93.

Australian-born violinist and teacher Pamela Dowsett passed away from cancer – aged 74.

Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger passed away – aged 93.

Czech-born violinist Břetislav Novotný passed away – aged 95.

American cellist Michael Flaksman passed away – aged 73.

Armenian-born American cellist Vagram Saradjian passed away – aged 70.

Czech violinist Jitka Šuranská passed away – aged just 41.

Italian violinist and conductor Elio Boncompagni passed away – aged 86.

British violinist Russell Dawson passed away – aged 67.

Acclaimed Italian violin maker and teacher Francesco Bissolotti passed away – aged 89.

Baltimore-based stringed instrument maker and repairer Raymond E. Hardy Jr. passed away from Alzheimer’s disease complications – aged 86.

Respected British string instrument bow maker William Watson passed away – aged 88.

Cincinnati-based violinist, educator and luthier Paul Bartel passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer – aged 67.

Acclaimed American bowmaker Paul Martin Siefried passed away – aged 69.

Respected Italian luthier and educator Renato Scrollavezza passed away – aged 92.

Former Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Dean, Professor Michael Gordon  passed away – aged 82.

American pianist and aural ear-training educator Mary Anthony Cox passed away.

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music student Victor McElhaney passed away - aged 21.

Former President of the Boston Conservatory, Mr Richard Ortner passed away – aged 71.

Catalan composer and pianist Joan Guinjoan passed away – aged 87.

American avant-garde electronic composer Larry Austin passed away – aged 88.

Russian composer Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov passed away – aged 82.

American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento passed way – aged 91.

Experimental Italian composer, pianist and music educator Mario Bertoncini passed away – aged 86.

Celebrated Lithuanian composer Anatolijus Šenderovas passed away – aged 74.

American composer and music theorist Peter Westergaard passed away – aged 88.

Danish composer and organist Ib Nørholm passed away – aged 88.

Polish avant-garde composer and musicologist Boguslaw Schaeffer passed away – aged 90.

Austrian composer and educator Balduin Sulzer passed away – aged 87.

British film and television composer Jonathan Goldstein passed away.

French composer, pianist and conductor Roger Boutry passed away – aged 87.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Argentinian-American composer Mario Davidovsky passed away – aged 85.

French-Canadian composer Julien Gauthier passed away - aged just 44.

Acclaimed American composer and educator Christopher Rouse passed away – aged 70.

Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith passed away – aged 74.

British conductor, harpsichordist and composer Raymond Leppard passed away – aged 92.

Polish actor, librettist, opera director and conductor Ryszard Peryt passed away – aged 71.

American conductor and french hornist Andrew J. McMullan Jr passed away – aged 95.

Israeli composer and conductor Ami Maayani passed away – age 82.

Austrian conductor and composer Hans Stadlmair passed away – aged 89.

Acclaimed French conductor Jean Périsson passed away – aged 94.

Bulgarian-born Israeli electro-acoustic composer and educator Yizhak Sadai passed away – aged 83.

Dutch composer and music pedagogue Hans Kox passed away – aged 88.

Orchesterzentrum NRW Artistic Director Jonas Becker – aged just 35.

German-born conductor Michael Gielen passed away in Mondsee, Austria from pneumonia – aged 91.

German composer, conductor and academic teacher Heinz Winbeck passed away – aged 73.

Italian conductor and composer Carlo Franci passed away – aged 94.

Portuguese-born oboist Samuel Bastos passed away – aged just 32.

Hungarian composer Zoltan Jeney passed away – aged 76.

Slovak-born conductor, composer and organist Ján Valach passed away – aged 94.


Rest in peace, and thank you.

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