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SAD NEWS | Russian Balalaika Virtuoso Mikhail Fedorovich Rozhkov Has Died – Aged 99 [RIP]

Soviet-Russian balalaika virtuoso Mikhail Fedorovich Rozhkov has died in Moscow – aged 99. A graduate of the M.P. Musorgskogo School of Music, Mr Rozhkov was widely...

TRAGIC NEWS | American Composer Kenneth Jacobs Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

American composer and retired college professor Kenneth Jacobs and his wife, Melinda Howes have been found deceased in their home in Townsend, Tennessee, United...

SAD NEWS | Missouri Symphony Society Founder Hugo Vianello has Died – Aged 92 [RIP]

American conductor and violist Hugo Vianello has passed away – aged 92. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and former violist with the New York...

VERY SAD NEWS | Venezuela’s El Sistema Youth Orchestra Program Founder José Abreu Has Died [RIP]

Venezuelan El Sistema youth orchestra initiative founder and activist Maestro José Abreu has passed away – aged 78. Founded in 1975, El Sistema has received worldwide recognition for its free...

SAD NEWS | Genre-Crossing Double Bassist Buell Neidlinger Has Died – Aged 82 [RIP]

American classical and jazz double bassist and cellist Buell Neidlinger has passed away from a heart attack – aged 82.  A student of Yale University, Mr Neidlinger...

TRAGIC NEWS | Former Stockholm City Theatre CEO Benny Fredriksson Has Committed Suicide – Aged 58

Benny Fredriksson, former chief executive officer of the Stockholm City Theatre has taken his own life, whilst on a vacation in Sydney, Australia -...

VERY SAD NEWS | Italian Conductor Giovanna Sorbi Has Died – Aged 58

Italian conductor, pianist and composer Giovanna Sorbi has passed away after a lengthy illness - aged 58. A graduate of the Conservatory of Brescia and Bologna,...

SAD NEWS | French Luthier René Quenoil Has Passed Away – Aged 96

Respected Parisian stringed instrument maker and luthier René Quenoil has passed away - aged 96. Studying his craft under his father Victor Quenoil and Amédée Dieudonné in...

VERY SAD NEWS | Emerging Irish Composer Daniel Barkley Has Passed Away – Aged 28

Irish composer and pianist Daniel Barkley has passed away, following a lengthy battle with depression - aged just 28. A prolific young composer, he was working...

SAD NEWS | American Violinist & Conductor Anshel Brusilow Has Died – Aged 89 [RIP]

Acclaimed American violinist, conductor and pedagogue, Mr Anshel Brusilow has passed away - aged 89. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr Brusilow was a former...

Italian Luthier Giuseppe Guarneri Died On This Day in 1744 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri died on this day in 1744 – 273 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest string instrument makers of...

Austrian-Born American Conductor Erich Leinsdorf Died On This Day in 1993 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Austrian-born American conductor Erich Leinsdorf died on this day in 1993 – aged 81. Maestro Leinsdorf served distinguished conducting positions with The Metropolitan Opera, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York...

Composer Leoš Janáček Died On This Day in 1928 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Composer Leoš Janáček died on this day in 1928 – aged 74. Janáček, Dvořák and Smetana are widely regarded as the three most influential Czech composers of...

Violinist Willy Hess Born On This Day in 1859 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German violinist Willy Hess was born on this day in 1859 – 158 years ago. A protege of Joseph Joachim, he was a former Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and...

VERY SAD NEWS | New Jersey Violin Teacher Killed in Tragic Cycling Accident

American violinist and teacher Jocelyn Gertel has been killed in a cycling accident in Hawthorne, New Jersey. A violin performance graduate of the University of...

VERY SAD NEWS | Danish Jazz Bassist Nicolai Munch-Hansen Has Died – Aged Just 39

Danish jazz composer and double bassist Nicolai Munch-Hansen has died - aged just 39. “We are paralyzed by grief and despair ... but surrounded by...

Acclaimed Czech-American Composer Karel Husa Has Passed Away

Internationally acclaimed Czech-born American composer and conductor Karel Husa has died - aged 95. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Paris Conservatoire, Professor Husa...

VERY SAD NEWS | Young Italian Violinist Has Died After Falling from Motorway Overpass

Italian violinist and violist Greta Medini has died - aged just 26. A graduate of the Conservatory of Vibo Valentia Torrefranca, where she studied with...

VERY SAD NEWS | The Piano Guys Co-Founder’s Daughter Found Dead in Oregon

The body of Annie Schmidt, daughter of The Piano Guys co-founder Jon Schmidt, has been found in the Oregon Mountains - several weeks after she...

SAD NEWS | Eminent Hungarian Pianist and Conductor, Zoltan Kocsis has Died

Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer Zoltan Kocsis has passed away following a lengthy illness  - aged 64. A graduate of the Béla Bartók Conservatory and...

VERY SAD NEWS | 31 Year Old Korean Violinist Hyuk-Joo Kwun has Died

South Korean violinist Hyuk-Joo Kwun has passed away suddenly from a pre-existing heart condition - aged just 31. A graduate of the Tchaikovsky Central Music School...

Fundraiser Launched to Aid Surviving Family of Australian Violinist [PLEASE SHARE]

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – An online GoFundMe campaign has today been launched to raise support for Australian violist, Belinda Williams - following the tragic car accident on...

SAD NEWS | Veteran Oklahoma City Phil Violinist Lois Fees Has Died

American violinist Lois Fees has passed away - aged 82. Ms Fees had served as a sectional violinist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic since 1951...

Eminent German Operatic Conductor Heinz Fricke Has Passed Away

East-German-born operatic conductor Heinz Fricke has died - aged 88. He served long term Principal Conducting positions with the Berlin State Opera, the Norwegian National...

SAD NEWS | Seattle Violist Scott Michael Ligocki Has Died

American violist Scott Michael Ligocki has passed away - aged just 51. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Scott served as Principal violist...

SAD NEWS | French-Amenian Violinist Jean Ter-Merguerian Has Died

French-Armenian violin virtuoso Jean Ter-Merguerian has passed away, in Marseille, France – aged 79. A student of Karp Dombayev and David Oistrakh, Mr Ter-Merguerian was a...

SAD NEWS | Vienna Philharmonic Mourns Longstanding Principal Cellist

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the passing of their former co-principal cellist Friedrich Dolezal - aged 67. “We mourn the loss of our dear co-principal...

SAD NEWS | Czech Violinist and Pedagogue Václav Snítil Has Died – Aged 87

Bohemian-born violinist and teacher Václav Snítil has passed away – aged 87. Mr Snitil was a founding member of the Vlach String Quartet and served...

SAD NEWS | New York Luthier Luiz Bellini Has Died – Aged 79

Brazilian-born New York luthier Luiz Bellini has passed away – aged 79. A protege of Vincente Policene, Simone Sacconi and Jacques Francais, his famed clients...

The Beatles’ Cellist Alexander Kok has Died – Aged 89

South-African-born British cellist Alexander Kok has passed away – aged 89. A student of Pierre Fournier and Pablo Casals, he was a founding member of...

Dartington Quartet Violinist Colin Sauer Has Died – Aged 90

British violinist Colin Sauer has passed away – aged 90 During his 7 decade career he served as long term 1st violin with the Dartington...

Latin American Hip-Hop Cellist David Gotay Has Passed Away – Aged 42

New York-based Latin American cellist and composer David Gotay has passed away, after a lengthy battle with kidney cancer - aged just 42. He served as...

SAD NEWS | Boston Symphony Veteran Ronald Knudsen has Died

American violinist Ronald Knudsen has passed away – aged 83. He served as a section violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 48 seasons – only retiring...

SAD NEWS | Two Opera Singers Confirmed Among Germanwings Alps Crash Dead

It has been announced today that German mezzo-soprano Maria Radner and bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak were among the 150 victims killed in the Germanwings Flight...

Composer and Yale School of Music Dean, Ezra Laderman Has Died – Aged 90

Acclaimed Polish-born American composer and former Yale School of Music Dean, Ezra Laderman has passed away – aged 90. Praised for his ability to successfully...

SAD NEWS | Violinist Hanns-Joachim Westphal, Ex-Berlin Phil has Died – Aged 85

German violinist Hanns-Joachim Westphal has passed away – aged 85. He served a long time Principal Second Violinist position with the Berlin Philharmonic - and was...

North Carolina Symphony Violinist & Composer Jess Levin Has Died – Aged 65

American violinist, composer and acclaimed photographer Jess Levin has passed away – aged 65. Mr Levin served as a long time 1st violinist with the...

Canadian Violist and Artist Manager Stanley Solomon Has Died – Aged 97

Legendary Canadian violist and artist manager Stanley Solomon has passed away – aged 97. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied...

Italian-French Pianist Aldo Ciccolini Has Died – Aged 89

Legendary Italian-French pianist Aldo Ciccolini has passed away in Paris – aged 89. A student of Paolo Denza, he served a long term Professorship at...

SAD NEWS | Israeli Conductor Israel Yinon Has Collapsed and Died on Stage

Renowned Israeli conductor Israel Yinon has collapsed and died whilst conducting a performance in Lucerne, Switzerland late Thursday, a spokesman has announced. The 59 year...

Italian Violinist Angelo Stefanato has Died – Aged 88

Italian violinist and academic Angelo Stefanato has passed away, at his home in Rome – aged 88. A student of Vasa Prihoda, he served as Concertmaster...

3 Tenors Mastermind, Impresario Tibor Rudas Has Died – Aged 94

Hungarian-born classical music impresario and entrepreneur, Tibor Rudas has passed away – aged 94. He will be remembered for his groundbreaking ability to bring Las...

SAD NEWS | Bass Virtuoso Fernando Grillo Has Died – Aged 68

Double Bass virtuoso Fernando Grillo has sadly taken his own life  – aged 68 A student of Corrado Penta, Maestro Grillo was  a former 1st...

British Cellist and Orchestra Director Adrian Shepherd has Died – Aged 74

British cellist and conductor Adrian Shepherd has passed away – aged 74 A student of William Pleeth, Maestro Shepherd served as Principal Cellist with the...

SAD NEWS | Distinguished Russian Professor Igor Frolov Has Died – Aged 76

Russian violin virtuoso and composer Igor Frolov has passed away - aged 76 A student of Boris Belenky, Abram Yampolsky and David Oistrakh, Maestro Frolov was a former prize winner George Enescu and Marguerite...