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SAD NEWS | Polish-Australian Violin Virtuoso Wanda Wilkomirska Has Died – Aged 89

Polish-Australian violinist Wanda Wilkomirska has passed away - aged 89. A protégé of Ede Zathureczki, Tadeusz Wroński and Henryk Szeryng, Ms Wilkomirska is a former prize...

Violin Virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel Died on This Day in 1979 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-American violin virtuoso Bronislav Gimpel died on this day in 1979 – aged 67. A protege of Carl Flesch, Mr Gimpel is remembered as one of...

Scottish Violist William Primrose Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish violist William Primrose died on this day in 1982 – aged 77. A protege of Eugène Ysaÿe, Maestro Primrose is remembered as one of...

SAD NEWS | Legendary American Accompanist Irwin Gage Has Died – Aged 78

American-born pianist Irwin Gage has passed away in Zurich - aged 78. A graduate of Michigan University, Yale University and the Vienna Conservatory, he will...

SAD NEWS | Renowned Italian Concertmaster Alfonso Mosesti Has Died – Aged 94 [RIP]

Italian violin soloist and respected concertmaster Alfonso Mosesti has passed away - aged 94. A student of Cesare Barison and Antonio Illersberg at the Trieste...

SAD NEWS | New York Phil Veteran Violinist Newton Mansfield Has Died – Aged 88 [RIP]

Polish-born American violinist Newton Mansfield has passed away - aged 88. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, he served positions in the Baltimore, Houston and...

SAD NEWS | Trailblazing Chinese Conductor Hang Zhongjie Has Died – Aged 97

Chinese conductor and flutist Maestro Han Zhongjie has passed away in Beijing - aged 97. A graduate of the China National Conservatory and the Leningrad Conservatory,...

VERY SAD NEWS | Guarneri String Quartet Violist Michael Tree has Died – Aged 83

American violist Michael Tree has passed away from Parkinson's disease - aged 83. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leah...

Hungarian Violinist Jelly d’Arányi Died On This Day in 1966 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi died on this day in 1966 - aged 72. The grand-niece of virtuoso Joseph Joachim, she premiered a number of important works...

SAD NEWS | Moscow Conservatory Violin Professor Grigory Feign Has Died

Russian violinist and pedagogue Professor Grigory Yakovlevich Feigin has passed away - aged 80. A student of Adolf Leshchinsky, Dmitry Tsyganov and David Oistrakh, he served long term...

VERY SAD NEWS | Chilingirian Quartet Founding Cellist Philip De Groote Has Died – Aged 68

South African cellist Philip De Groote has passed away - aged 68. He performed with the London-based Chilingirian String Quartet from 1971 until his retirement...

Russian Composer Modest Mussorgsky Died On This Day in 1881 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky died on this day in 1881 – 137 years ago. One of 'The Five', his signature works include the opera Boris...

Polish Composer and Pianist Karol Szymanowski Died On This Day in 1937 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski died on this day in 1937 – aged 66. Remembered as one of the eminent Polish composers of the...

Russian Piano Virtuoso & Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Russian composer, piano virtuoso and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff died on this day in 1943. He is remembered as one of the finest pianist of all...

SAD NEWS | Montreal Competition Co-Founder André Bourbeau Has Passed Away – Aged 81

Former Canadian politician, philanthropist and Montreal International Music Competition President and Co-Founder André Bourbeau has passed away from cancer - aged 81. He, alongside his...

Italian-Born British Violin Virtuoso Alfredo Campoli Died On This Day in 1991 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian-born British violin virtuoso Alfredo Campoli died on this day in 1991 – aged 84. He is remembered as one of the finest violinists of...

German Composer Ludwig van Beethoven Died on this Day in 1827 – Aged 56 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven died on this day in 1827 - aged 56. He is remembered as one of the most famous and...

French Composer Claude Debussy Died On This Day in 1918 [ON-THIS-DAY]

French impressionist composer Claude Debussy died on this day in 1918 – aged 55. He passed away, amidst an aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris,...

SAD NEWS | Slovenia’s Ljubljana Music Academy Dean Dejan Bravničar Has Died

Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Dejan Bravničar has passed away - aged 81. A graduate of the Ljubljana Music Academy, Moscow Conservatory and Accademia Nazionale di...

SAD NEWS | American Conductor Irwin Hoffman Has Passed Away – Aged 93

American conductor Irwin Hoffman has died - aged 93. A prodigy of legendary conductor Serge Koussevitsky, he was a former titled conductor with the Chicago...

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 -...

SAD NEWS | Moscow State University Cello Pedagogue Alla Vasilieva Has Died – Aged 84

Respected Russian cello pedagogue Alla Vasilieva has passed away - aged 84. A former student of Mstislav Rostropovich, she served long term teaching positions on...

American Violinist Joan Field Died On This Day in 1988 – Aged 73 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Joan Field died on this day in 1988 – aged 73. A student of Albert Spalding, Jacques Thibaud and George Enescu, Ms Field...

VERY SAD NEWS | Staatskapelle Berlin Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP]

German violinist and pedagogue Axel Wilczok has passed away from cancer - aged 66. A graduate of Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik...

SAD NEWS | British Violinist and Pianist Bob Simians Has Passed Away

British violinist and pianist Bob Simians has died. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Robert Masters and Beatrix Marr,...

Violinist and Conductor Eugene Ormandy Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian-born violinist and conductor Eugene Ormandy died on this day in 1985 – 33 years ago, aged 85. Maestro Ormandy is remembered as one of...

Violinist and Conductor Yehudi Menuhin Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

American-born British violin virtuoso and conductor Yehudi Menuhin died on this day in 1999 – 19 years ago. A protege of Louis Persinger, George Enescu and Adolf...

Composer Sir William Walton Died On This Day in 1983 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British composer Sir William Walton died on this day in 1983 – aged 80. His signature works include his Symphony No. 1, 'Facade – An...

Music Mega-Store, Tower Records’ Founder Russell Solomon Has Passed Away

American businessman and entrepreneur Russell Solomon has died from a heart attack - aged 92. Mr Solomon founded the international music superstore Tower Records in...

Australian Violin Virtuoso Alma Moodie Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Australian violin virtuoso Alma Moodie died on this day in 1943 – aged just 44. Widely regarded as one of Europe's foremost soloists during the...

VERY SAD NEWS | Royal Danish Academy of Music Violin Professor Serguei Azizian Has Died

Armenian-born violinist Serguei Azizian has passed away in Copenhagen, from cancer - aged 60. A graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory, Professor Azizian was a former...

Violinist & Pedagogue Jascha Brodsky Died On This Day in 1997 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Legendary Russian-American violinist and pedagogue Jascha Brodsky died on this day in 1997 – aged 89. A student of Lucien Capet, Eugène Ysaÿe and Efrem...

Violin Virtuoso Henryk Szeryng Died on This Day in 1988 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Polish-born Mexican violin virtuoso Henryk Szeryng died on this day in 1988. A student of Maurice Frenkel, Carl Flesch and Jacques Thibaud, he is...

VERY SAD NEWS | Leading Spanish Conductor Jesús López Cobos Has Died – Aged 78

Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos has passed away from cancer in Berlin - aged 78. Throughout his five decade international career, Maestro López Cobos served music...

SAD NEWS | Cremonese Luthier Giovanni Battista Morassi has Died – Aged 84

Italian luthier and stringed instrument maker Giovanni Battista Morassi has passed away - aged 84. A graduate of the Cremona International Violin Making School and...

Composer Franz Waxman Died On This Day in 1967 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Jewish-American composer Franz Waxman died on this day in 1967 from cancer – aged 59. A prolific composer, he left a legacy of over 150...

Soviet Violin Virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

Soviet violin virtuoso Julian Sitkovetsky died on this day in 1958, aged just 32 – from lung cancer. The father of violinist and conductor Dmitry...

English Composer Sir Edward Elgar Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English composer Sir Edward Elgar died on this day in 1934 – 83 years ago. His signature works include the 'Enigma Variations', the 'Pomp...

English Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis died on this day in 1975 – aged 98. He is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

VERY SAD NEWS | Unorthodox Polish Violin Virtuoso Anna Karkowska Has Passed Away

Polish-born American violinist Anna Karkowska has died from breast cancer - aged just 36. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard...

SAD NEWS | Santa Fe Community Orchestra Founder, Cellist Jody Ellis has Died

American cellist and composer Jody Ellis has passed away from natural causes - aged 92. Ms Ellis co-founded the Santa Fe Community Chamber Music Orchestra,...

VERY SAD NEWS | Acclaimed Accordion Virtuoso Alexander Sevastian Has Died – Aged 41

Belarusian-born Canadian accordion virtuoso Alexander Sevastian has died from a massive heart attack - aged just 41. A graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Music and the...

VERY SAD NEWS | French Jazz Fusion Violinist Didier Lockwood Has Died Suddenly – Aged 62

French jazz fusion, rock and electric violinist and composer Didier Lockwood has died suddenly from a heart attack - aged 62. "His wife, his three...

SAD NEWS | Legendary New York Artist Manager Lee Lamont Has Passed Away – Aged 86

Veteran American artist manager Lee Lamont has passed away - aged 86. Ms Lamont served as President of ICM Artists (later remained Opus 3 Artists)...

VERY SAD NEWS | Golden Globe-Winning Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Found Dead – Aged 48

Golden Globe-winning Icelandic classical, ambient and experimental music composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died - aged 48. Jóhann was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best...

Violinist & Composer Antonio Bazzini Died On This Day in 1897 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Italian violinist and composer Antonio Bazzini died on this day in 1897 – 121 years ago. Bazzini is remembered as one of the finest concert...

SAD NEWS | Australian Cellist and Pedagogue Nelson Cooke Has Died – Aged 98

Respected Australian cellist and pedagogue Nelson Cooke has passed - aged 98. A student of Pablo Casals, Mr Cooke held principal positions with the London Symphony Orchestra and...

Violinist Louis Kaufman Died On This Day in 1994 [ON-THIS-DAY]

American violinist Louis Kaufman died on this day in 1994 – aged 88. It is estimated he is possibly the most recorded musical artist in...

Composer and Music Publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer and music publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister died on this day in 1812 – 205 years ago. Hoffmeister's major contributions to the string repertoire...

VERY SAD NEWS | British Cellist and Period Instrument Orchestra Founder Caroline Brown Has Died

British period instrument pioneer, cellist Caroline Brown has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer - aged 64. A graduate of London's Royal College of...