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US violinist Paul Zukofsky has died aged 73

Paul Zukofsky (October 22, 1943 – June 6, 2017) Violinist and conductor. Best known for his work with contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass and John Cage; his is Einstein's violin on the original recording of Glass's "Einstein on the Beach." Paul Zukofsky was born October 22, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was the American Objectivist poet Louis Zukofsky and his mother was Celia Thaew Zukofsky. Paul was of Lithuanian Jewish heritage through his father. His mother, Celia, was a Jewish musician and composer. Zukofsky studied violin with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1965.
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The conductor Sir Jeffrey Tate has died

The pianist and conductor Jeffrey Tate has died. He was rehearsing the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, when he suffered an attack. He was 74 years of age.

Sir Jeffrey Philip Tate CBE (28 April 1943 – 2 June 2017) was an English conductor. Tate's international conducting début was with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1979. In 1985, he was appointed the first principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra. He was named to the position of principal conductor of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden effective in September 1986, the first person in the House's history to have that title.[3] He was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 1995. In 2005, he was appointed music director of the San Carlo Theatre of Naples, and served in the post through 2010.

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Harpsichordist Elisabeth Chojnacka is dead

The Polish musician, naturalized French, passionaria of contemporary music, died at 77 years. Elisabeth Chojnacka (born Elżbieta Chojnacka; 10 September 1939 – 28 May 2017) was a Polish harpsichordist living in France. She was one of the world's foremost harpsichordists specializing in the performance of contemporary harpsichord music.

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Jiri Belohlavek, Conductor and Leading Interpreter of Czech Music, Dies at 71


Mr. Belohlavek led the Czech Philharmonic and was associated with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, specializing in the music of Dvorak, Janacek and other countrymen. NYTimes Obit Jiří Bělohlávek CBE (Czech pronunciation: [jɪr̝iː bjɛloɦlaːvɛk]; 24 February 1946 – 31 May 2017)[1] was a Czech conductor. He was a leading interpreter of Czech classical music, and became chief composer of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, a role he would serve on two different occasions during a combined span of seven years (1990-92, 2012-17). He also served a six-year tenure as the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2012.[2] He gained international renown and repute for his performances of the works of Czech composers like Antonin Dvorak and Bohuslav Martinu, and was credited as "the most profound proponent of Czech orchestral music" by critics. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO:

Claudia Hellmann (25 November 1923 – 24 May 2017) was a German contralto with the Stuttgart Opera.

Hellmann frequently performed the contralto part in the recordings of Bach's cantatas, his Christmas Oratorio and his Easter Oratorio with the Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn, the Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra and Fritz Werner. She recorded Bach's Magnificat and his Missa in F major with Karl Ristenpart, the Chorale Philippe Caillard, the Saar Radio Chamber Orchestra, Edith Selig, Georg Jelden, Jakob Stämpfli and Maurice André (trumpet) in 1964. In 1963, she recorded the part of Ismene in Orff's Antigonae with Inge Borkh as Antigonae, Keith Engen as Chorführer, Hetty Plümacheras Eurydice, Fritz Uhl as Haemon, and Ernst Haefliger as Tiresias, Ferdinand Leitner conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. She died in Eichwalde. WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Bruckner: Mass No.3 In F Minor, WAB 28 - 1. Kyrie · Maria Stader · Claudia Hellmann · Ernst Haefliger · Kim Borg · Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks · Eugen Jochum · Bavarian Radio Chorus...

Barbara Smith Conrad (August 11, 1937 - May 22, 2017)


American operatic mezzo-soprano of international acclaim. In 1957, she became the focus of a racial controversy revolving around her role in a student opera at The University of Texas at Austin. Pressure from the Texas Legislature forced her removal from the cast, and her story received national media coverage. Conrad went on to perform with Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Nacional in Venezuela, and many others.

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Russian cellist Natalia Shakhovskaya has died, aged 81

Natalia Shakhovskaya (September 27, 1935 – May 20, 2017) was a Russian cellist. She studied cello at the Gnessin School of Music and later at the Moscow Conservatory under the tutorship of Semyon Kozolupov. She finished her education at the music conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich. Shakovskaya won some of the most important cello competitions in Russia and abroad, including; the First Prize and Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky competition in 1962. Shakhovskaya pursued an active career as a soloist in recitals and with the best orchestras and conductors worldwide. She taught at the Moscow Conservatory (as Head of the Cello Chair and Director of Double Bass Department) from 1974 to 1995, after Rostropovich relinquished the post upon his departure from Russia.WIKIPEDIA

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William Brohn, Who Made Broadway Orchestras Sing, Dies at 84

William David "Bill" Brohn (March 30, 1933 – May 11, 2017) was an American arranger and orchestrator, best known for his scores of musicals such as Miss Saigon, Ragtime and Wicked. He won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Ragtime and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times. His work was eclectic, orchestrating many different styles of music. His modern scores are known for their keyboard writing for the orchestra pit, and their balance between acoustic and synthesised sounds. Brohn was one of the few theatre orchestrators to use the E-bow attachment to the electric guitar, which can be heard in his orchestrations for Wicked and Mary Poppins.

 VIDEO: Nick Hutson and Jonathan Cohen sit down to talk to one of musical theatre's most respected orchestrators...

Brain tumour claims US composer, Daniel Brewbaker, 66

The death of Daniel Brewbaker has been reported by friends and family. Daniel, 66, had been suffering for two years from a brain tumour. A composers of great gifts, charm and grace, he was one of the first US composers to be performed in Russia by Valery Gergiev. Based in New York, he spent a long period in Europe working with Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio and Henri Dutilleux.

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