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In Memoriam – Remembering the Remarkable Music Makers We Lost in 2018 [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 2018

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 2018.


Former Juilliard String Quartet violinist and pedagogue Robert Mann - aged 97 [PICTURED]

Brazilian-born American cellist and pedagogue Aldo Parisot – aged 100

Scottish composer & conductor Oliver Knussen – aged 66

Soviet-born conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky – aged 87

Dutch violinist and pedagogue Herman Krebbers - aged 94

Polish-Australian violinist Wanda Wilkomirska - aged 89

Former Guarneri String Quartet violist Michael Tree - aged 83

Venezuelan El Sistema Youth Orchestra founder and activist Maestro José Abreu – aged 78

Italian luthier and instrument maker Giovanni Battista Morassi - aged 84

American violinist, conductor and pedagogue, Anshel Brusilow - aged 89

Israeli-born American violist and pedagogue Rami Solomonow - aged 68

American violin pedagogue and children's music teaching book author, Ms Shirley Givens 

Montreal International Music Competition President and Co-Founder André Bourbeau - aged 81

Polish-born American violinist Anna Karkowska - aged 36

French contemporary music composer, pianist and percussionist Alain Kremski – aged 78 

Hawaiian-born composer and educator Dennis Kam – aged 76

Greek-born composer and conductor Theódoros Andoníou – aged 83

Canadian-American musical theatre composer and pianist Galt MacDermot – aged 89

Spanish conductor Juan José Olives

Soviet-born New York-based violinist Nina Beilina – aged 81

American conductor, composer and percussionist Harold Farberman – aged 89

Indian-born British violinist, violist, conductor and composer Levine Andrade – aged 64

Australian conductor Richard Gill – aged 76

Brazilian violist Diemerson Sena – aged just 33

Spanish violin maker and author Ramon Pinto – aged 89

American cellist Eric Dahlin 

Experimental Japanese composer and violinist Takeshita Kosugi – aged 80

French violist Claude Ducrocq

American violinist Naira Cola – aged just 37

Polish pianist and composer Piotr de Peslin Lachert – aged 80

Dutch violinist Xander Wadman – aged 64

Chinese violinist Zhongguo Sheng – aged 77

Argentinian–American violinist and conductor Rubén D’Artagnan González – aged 79

Australian string instrument maker and luthier Robert Ditterich – aged 65

Italian conductor and composer Claudio Scimone – aged 83

American double-bassist Paul Harris – aged 64

Romanian-born cellist and pedagogue Nicolae Sarpe – aged 81

Renowned Israeli composer and conductor Noam Sheriff – aged 83

African American composer George Theophilus Walker – aged 96

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music former Dean of Students, Paul Burgett – aged 72

American violinist Rebecca Lynch – aged 93

American violist Detlev Olshausen – aged 100

Two-time Emmy award winning composer and conductor Glen Roven – aged 60

American violinist and conductor Edward Simons – aged 101

Soviet-Russian balalaika virtuoso Mikhail Fedorovich Rozhkov – aged 99

Russian cellist and pedagogue Andrey Demin - aged 68

Polish cellist Dominik Połoński - aged just 41

German conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg – aged 71

New York-based violinist and conductor David Bousso – aged just 34

Hungarian conductor and composer Frederic Balazs – aged 98

German conductor Hanns-Martin Schneidt – aged 87

English-born American conductor and composer Andrew Massey – aged 72

Hungarian-born composer, pianist, oboist and conductor Georg Arányi-Aschner - aged 96

Bulgarian-born Los Angeles-based violinist Katia Popov – aged 50

German composer, theologian, musicologist and college professor Dieter Schnebel – aged 88

Legendary Russian Concertmaster Yuri Zagorodnyuk 

British violinist, teacher and conductor Paul Mountain - aged 68

American conductor Jonathan Sternberg - aged 98

Danish composer Søren Hyldgaard - aged 55

American composer, pianist, conductor and pedagogue Donald Keats - aged 88

American-born pianist and accompanist Irwin Gage - aged 78

Czech violist and pedagogue Milan Škampa - aged 89

Polish-born American violinist Newton Mansfield - aged 88

Chinese conductor and flutist Maestro Han Zhongjie - aged 97

Italian-born American violinist Lucio Rossetti - aged 106

American conductor, violist and composer Hugo Vianello – aged 92

Long-time Cornell University Department of Music cello and viola da gamba pedagogue John Hsu - aged 86

Russian violinist Grigory Yakovlevich Geigin - aged 80

South African cellist Philip De Groote - aged 68

American classical and jazz double bassist and cellist Buell Neidlinger – aged 82

American conductor Irwin Hoffman - aged 93

Respected Russian cello pedagogue Alla Vasilieva - aged 84

American Broadway violinist and hair stylist Blair Lawhead - aged 55

Prominent African-American contemporary composer and musicologist Dr Olly Wilson - aged 80

German violinist and pedagogue Axel Wilczok - aged 66

Former Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish National Orchestra violinist Bob Simians 

Armenian-born violinist Serguei Azizian - aged 60

Acclaimed American musical theatre composer Harvey Schmidt - aged 88

Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos - aged 78

Hungarian film score composer and violinist László Melis - aged 65

American cellist and composer Jody Ellis - aged 92

Belarusian-born Canadian accordion virtuoso Alexander Sevastian - aged just 41

French jazz fusion, rock and electric violinist and composer Didier Lockwood - aged 62

Veteran American artist manager Lee Lamont - aged 86

French cellist Jean Grout - aged 92

Golden Globe-winning Icelandic classical, ambient and experimental music composer Jóhann Jóhannsson - aged 48

Respected Australian cellist and pedagogue Nelson Cooke - aged 98

British period instrument pioneer, cellist Caroline Brown - aged 64

American modernist, experimental 12-tone composer, Professor Alan Stout - aged 85

Parisian luthier René Quenoil - aged 96

Irish composer and pianist Daniel Barkley - aged just 28

Italian violist and violinist Luigi Alberto Bianchi - aged 72

Australian composer and conductor Dr Colin Brumby - aged 84

19-year-old British double bassists Alex Ross and Siân Chambers

Colorado State University Professor of Music, bassoonist Gary Moody - aged 62

Los Angeles-based American tenor Andres Ramirez – aged just 28

American pianist Gabriel D’Abruzzo – aged 42

American opera singer Kristine Ciesinski - aged 65

American composer and retired college professor Kenneth Jacobs

New York-based composer, french-hornist and new-music advocate Matt Marks - aged just 38

Russian alto saxophone soloist Matvey Sherling - aged 18

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Stockholm City Theatre, Benny Fredriksson, - aged 58

African-American double bassist Draylen Mason - aged just 18

American bassist, engineer and luthier Kenny Bosco - aged 34


Rest in peace, and thank you.

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