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Recent Classical Musician Deaths ~ 2002

  • 26 DEC 2002 ZILDJIAN, Armand (Cymbal Maker).
    Head of family-owned company manufacturing cymbals for 400 years. He died at his home in Scottsdale, AZ. ~ age 81. NY Times, Obit.

  • 26 DEC 2002 EISENBERGER, Agnes (Musicians' Manager)
    Was manager of classical musicians and the president and owner of Colbert Artists Management. She died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She lived in New York City and Pawling, N.Y. ~ age 79. NY Times, obit.

  • 24 DEC 2002 CHAILLY, Luciano (Italian composer).
    He died in Milan. Born 19 JAN 1920, in Ferrara. Composer of 13 operas, ballets and other works. Father of famed conductor Riccardo Chailly, is also survived by his wife, and two daughters. ~ age 82.

  • 23 DEC 2002 BESCH, Anthony (Opera director).
    Noted from a student production of Mozart's Idomeneo. He was born in London on 4 FEB 1924. He died in London, ~ age 78. London Times Obit.

  • 20 DEC 2002 GORODETZER, Harry (Cellist)
    The last Philadelphia Orchestra musician hired by Leopold Stokowski. With the Philadelphia Orchestra for 50 years. Died of kidney failure at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. ~ age 88. Philadelphia Inquirer, Obituary

  • 15 DEC 2002 CROSBY, John (Founded Santa Fe Opera in 1957).
    He directed the summer festival for over 40 years. The company emphasized new music; in the first season Stravinsky's Rake's Progress and the world premiere of Martin David Levy's The Tower by Marvin David Levy. Presenting nine world premieres and nearly 40 American premieres. NY Times, Obit.

  • 10 DEC 2003 DAVENNY, Ward (Pianist and teacher)
    He directed the Cleveland Institute of Music in the 1950s. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

  • 23 NOV 2002 MOHR, Richard (Opera recording producer).
    Producer of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast's intermission programs for over ten years. ~ age 83. NYTimes, obit.

  • 20 NOV 2002 GUEST, George (choirmaster and organist)
    Worked at St. John's College, Cambridge, for 40 years. Directed the St. John's choir beginning in 1951. Grammophone, obit.

  • 14 NOV 2002 NIKOLAIDI, Elena (Mezzo-Soprano, teacher)
    Greek mezzo-soprano and star of the Vienna State Opera and Metropolitan Opera. Taught at the Houston Opera Studio and the University of Houston, died in Santa Fe, N.M. ~ age 96. Houston Chronicle, Obit.

  • 12 NOV 2002 GROSSMAN, Julius (Conductor)
    Established the music department at New York High School of Performing Arts. For nearly 50 years leading free orchestra concerts in New York City neighborhoods. NY Times, Obit.

  • 09 NOV 2002 GLADSTONE, Robert (Bassist)
    36 years as the principal bassist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He died at the University of Michigan Hospital. Andante, Detroit Free Press, Obit~ age 74.

  • 05 NOV 2002 LEVINE, Abraham (Violist, taught violin).
    He played viola in the Detroit Symphony. Died of complications from heart disease at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. ~ age 98. Andante, Obituary.

  • 03 NOV 2002 COONEY, Eleanore Jansson (Violinist).
    Left career to raise her son. ~ age 78. Detroit News report.

  • 31 OCT 2002 AHRONOVICH Yuri (Russian conductor)
    Soviet dissident and principal conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. ~ age 69. Andante Obit.

  • 25 OCT 2002 DOE, Edward N. (Bass-baritone)
    Sang in various opera companies in the United States. Died in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. ~ age 76. Andante, Times-Union

  • 21 OCT 2002 HANDY-MILLER, D. Antoinette (Flutist and music historian).
    Was former director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Music Program. ~ age 71. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi

  • 19 OCT 2002 MEHTA, Mehli (Symphony Conductor)
    Founder of the Bombay Symphony, leader of the American Youth Symphony and the father of conductor Zubin Mehta. Died in Los Angeles. ~ age 94. NY Times, Obit

  • 17 OCT 2002 WILLIAMS, John Radcliffe (Choral musician, first Master of Music at the Tower of London)
    Established successful choirs and encouraged young musicians to prominent professional careers. Williams was born in Swansea 24 SEP 1920. ~ age 82. London Times, obit.

  • 16 OCT 2002 BRETT, Philip (Byrd and Britten scholar)
    University of California, Riverside died of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Brett, 64, Calif. music scholar and musicologist advocated the importance of gender and sexuality in the study of music, died of cancer Oct. 16 at his home in Los Angeles. ~ age 64. Andante, Ascribe Newswire

  • 15 OCT 2002 BELL, Derek (Irish Celtic Harpist)
    Was a 30-year member of the Celtic music band The Chieftains. Bell was born on 21 OCT 1935 in Belfast, Ireland. ~ age 66. UPI Obituary.

  • 10 OCT 2002 NELSOVA, Zara (Canadian-American cellist)
    Worked with Ernest Bloch and appeared with major orchestras in North America and Europe. b-Winnipeg, 23 DEC 1918. ~ age 84. NY Times, obituary.

  • 07 OCT 2002 GASKELL, Helen (Oboist).
    One of the first women to be a professional orchestral woodwind player. She played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1930, and also played with the Ballet Rambert. ~ age 96. London Times, obit

  • 05 OCT 2002 SLAVENSKA, Mia (Ballerina)
    A dancer with major stage presence she was especially known as popular ballerina with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. ~ age 86. NY Times, Obituary.

  • 04 OCT 2002 RYBAR, Peter (Violinist, quartet leader, orchestra musician and teacher)
    Rybar was know as one of the last links with the musicians of pre-War Europe. ~ age 89, The Guardian of London

  • 03 OCT 2002 BRUNO, Mauro (Trumpet virtuoso and classical, film and TV composer)
    Hollywood music arranger and composer of classical works and scores for films and television programs died of lung cancer in Burbank, CA. ~ age 78. Miami Herald, Obituary.

  • 06 SEP 2002 DRUIAN, Rafael (Violinist and conductor).
    Was the concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and other ensembles, died in Philadelphia. ~ age 80. N Y Times Obit.

  • 04 SEP 2002 PERLEMUTER, Vlado (French pianist).
    He studied with Moszkowski and Cortot. First piano recital in 1919. He studied Ravel with the composer. ~ age 98. Obit from The Guardian (UK) On CD: Vlado Perlemuter Plays Ravel

  • 02 SEP 2002 WALTON, Richard "Bob" (Principal trumpet with four orchestras).
    Was principal trumpet in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and finally as co-principal in the BBC Symphony Orchestra until his retirement in 1982. Walton was a professor at the Royal College of Music from 1949 to 1982. Was born on 23 FEB 1913. ~ age 89. London Times, Obit.

  • 29 AUG 2002 TRIPP, Paul (TV's Mr. I. Magination, lyricist-composer)
    Children’s entertainer and educator who wrote Tubby the Tuba. The fable of the lonely brass instrument introduced children to the members of the orchestra, encouraging children to believe in themselves demonstrating that every one of us is important. Tripp wrote Tubby the Tuba in 1942 to music by George Kleinsinger. It became a success when it was released on record in 1946. He hosted one of the first television programs for children, Mr. I. Magination. Tripp was born in New York on 20 FEB 1911. He died there. ~ age 91.

  • 25 AUG 2002 WARFIELD, William (Baritone Known for 'Porgy,').
    Performed theater works and oratorios. He was best known for his role of Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He was born in West Helena, Arkansas 22 JAN 1920. He died in Chicago. ~ age 82. NY Times Obituary.

  • 16 AUG 2002 GUADAGNO, Anton (Opera Conductor)
    Was artistic director and principal conductor of the Palm Beach Opera, Florida. He was a guest conductor in European and American opera houses, died in Vienna. ~ age 79. NY Times, Obit.

  • 09 AUG 2002 HUMMEL, Berthold (German composer).
    Hummel composed over 200 works, much was church music, chamber music and music for ballet. He also composed many scores for films. ~ age 76.

  • 01 AUG 2002 MAZER, Henry (Conductor and Pianist)
    Former director of Taiwan's Taipei Sinfonietta and for many years conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, died in Taiwan. ~ age 84.Chicago Sun-Times report.

  • DePAOLA, P. (MET baritone).

  • 28 JUL 2002 GOGUEN, Gerard (BSO trumpet player).
    30 year BSO veteran, died in his Walpole, N.H., home of a brain tumor. ~ age 77. Boston Globe Obit.

  • 25 JUL 2002 SHWEID, Henry (Concert violinist)

  • 13 JUL 2002 BLYTON, Carey (British composer and editor).
    Composed songs and chamber music. 1950 at London University College he founded the Beckenham Salon. Their president was Sir Arthur Bliss,[Master of the Queen’s Musick in 1953]. In 1953 Blyton entered Trinity College of Music, where he studied with William Lovelock.
    He won the Granville Bantock Prize for Composition in 1954, He was born in Beckenham, Kent, on 14 MAR 1932. He died of cancer. ~ age 70. London Times Obituary.

  • 10 JUL 2002 FRACKER, Ronald (Concert pianist) ~ age 47.

  • 10 JUL 2002 SHULMAN, Alan (Composer and cellist).
    His compositions were performed by orchestras, chamber groups and jazz ensembles. He died at a nursing home in Hudson, NY. ~ age 86. NY Times, obituary.

  • 07 JUL 2002 SORIA, Dorle Jarmel (Writer and co-founder of classical label, Angel Records).
    She had a long and varied career in the classical music industry. ~ age 101.

  • 05 JUL 2002 BEGLARIAN, Grant (Composer and Educator).
    Started the Arnold Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California. Composed music for bands, choruses and chamber groups. The L.A. Times says he was best known for his Of Fables, Foibles, and Fancies for Cellist and Actor. ~ age 74. Andante, obituary.

  • 04 JUL 2002 ALEXANDROVITCH, Mikhail (Soviet tenor).
    Began his singing life as a cantor in a Manchester synagogue and later settled in Israel. Born in Berspil near Riga, on 23 JUL 1914. He died in Munich. ~ age 87. London Times, Obit.

  • 02 JUL 2002 DANIEL-LESUR, Jean Yves (French composer).
    Born in Paris, November 19, 1908, the son of composer Alice Thiboust. He attended the Paris Conservatoire, greatly influsenced by his mother's teacher, organist and composer Charles Tournemire. During his years as Tournemire's assistant at Sainte-Clotilde cathedral, he became established as an organist and composer.

  • 02 JUL 2002 BROWN, Earle (Composer respected for his innovation).
    An experimental composer who allowed performers much interpretive freedom, died at his home in Rye, N.Y. ~ age 75. NY Times Obituary.

  • 01 JUL 2002 FLUSSER, Richard (NYC opera administrator).
    Founded After Dinner Opera Company in Manhattan. d-NYC, ~ age 75. NY Times Obituary

  • 21 JUN 2002 SENOFSKY, Berl (Violinist and solo virtuoso).
    Born 19 APR 1926 in Philadelphia. Taught at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He won first prize at the Naumberg Competition in 1946, was assistant concertmaster in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1951 to 1955. ~ age 77.

  • 13 JUN 2002 SHAPEY, Ralph (American contemporary music, composer).
    Died in Chicago. ~ age 81.

  • 05 JUN 2002 BERNAOLA, Carmelo Alonso (Basque composer)
    Was prominant in Spanish music and wrote symphonies and themes for many films, TV and theater productions. Bernaola died in Madrid after a long fight with cancer. Born in the Basque town of Ochandiano on 16 JUL July 1929. ~ age 72. AP via NewsFlash.

  • 03 JUN 2002 HUNTER, Ralph (Choral conductor).
    Past professor of music at Hunter College, died in Grinnell, Iowa. ~ age 81.

  • 30 MAY 2002 KIND, Silvia (Harpsichordist).
    Teacher and Baroque music expert. Studied with Paul Hindemith. Born in Chur, Switzerland. Died at Port Angeles, Washington. ~ age 94. Seattle Times Obituary.

  • 20 MAY 2002 KONYA, Sandor (Hungarian tenor).
    Known for Wagnerian and was a mainstay of the Metropolitan Opera roster from 1961 to 1974, died on the Spanish island of Ibiza. ~ age 78.

  • 18 MAY 2002 SCHNEIDERHAN, Wolfgang (World known violinist).
    He became a concert master at 17 and played with orchestras across Europe, died in Vienna. b-Vienna, 28 MAY 1915. ~ age 86.

  • 17 MAY 2002 BROWN, Beverly (Modern-Dance Choreographer)
    For many years the lead performer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Died in Kansas City, Mo. ~ age 61.

  • 17 MAY 2002 LAGO, Mario (Brazilian composer) ~ age 90.

  • 17 MAY 2002 de LANCIE, John (Oboist and Curtis Institute Director)
    Former principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and director of the Curtis Institute of Music. Born, Berkeley, CA 26 JUL 1921. ~ age 80.

  • 15 MAY 2002 TAYLOR, Alan (British timpanist).
    Was a percussionist in the London Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Royal Opera House Orchestra as principal timpanist in 1951. ~ age 71.Andante, from London Times.

  • 11 MAY 2002 TILING, Johanna E.R. Von (Opera singer)
    Was a classically trained opera singer and teacher well known in New England and Cliff Island, Maine. She died in Portland's Seaside Convalescent Center. Boston Globe obit. ~ age 93.

  • 07 MAY 2002 SINCLAIR, Monica (British contralto)
    Performed in the early years of the Covent Garden Opera Company now the Royal Opera. The Independent of London report ~ age 77.

  • 07 MAY 2002 MONTSALVATGE, Xavier (Spanish composer)
    Died at his Barcelona home. Popular contemporary Catalan composer, Montsalvatge wrote more than 100 works covering a wide range from symphony to opera, ballet and films. Andante Obituary ~ age 90.

  • 06 MAY 2002 ADASKIN, Murray (Canadian composer)
    He died in Victoria was born in Toronto 26 MAR 1906. He had a distinguished career that spanned the 20th century. The Times-Colonist, Victoria ~ age 96.

  • 03 MAY 2002 SVETLANOV, Yevgeny (Russian conductor and composer)
    Svetlanov Led his nation's State Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and was a guest conductor all over the world. Died in Moscow. b-Moscow, 6 SEP 1928.
    Selected biographies and obituaries ~ Also see AP-Yahoo Obituary
    Russian culture biography ~ Spotlight on Svetlanov
    . ~ age 78.

  • 02 MAY 2002 SKONES, Maurice (University of Arizona Music Professor Emeritus)
    Was former Director of Choral Activities. He was born in Havre, Montana on 24 JUL 1926. Univ. AZ Fine Arts Dept. News Release.

  • 01 MAY 2002 MARES, Rolf Mares (Director of the Hamburg State Opera from 1974–1988)
    Was an administrator at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and the Thalia Theater, Hamburg. Andante and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reports.

  • 29 APR 2002 DaCOSTA, Noel (Composer and professor at Rutgers University)
    Died at his home in Manhattan. New York African-American composers, Da Costa wrote music that drew from the American classical tradition, spirituals and African folk music. NY Times, Obituary ~ age 82.

  • 28 APR 2002 PRESSING, Jeff (Australian Composer, Teacher and Critic)
    The musician, academic, psychologist and music critic died of a heart attack. Born in San Diego in 1946. ~ age 55. Obit from The Age, Andante

  • 27 APR 2002 BUSTABO, Guila (American violinist who became a star in Nazi Germany, to the detriment of her career)
    Popular in Europe during the 1930s. Her wartime concerts in Germany and occupied Europe lead to her arrest in 1946 as a Nazi sympathizer. After WWII she kept a low profile, teaching in Innsbruck and playing in regional orchestras. Born on 25 FEB 1916. ~ age 86. London Times Obit.

  • 16 APR 2002 WERNICKE, Herbert (German opera producer and designer)
    Born in Augge in the Black Forest on March 24, 1946. He died in Basle. ~ age 56. London Times Obituary.

  • COHEN, Edward (Composer MIT Professor)

  • 14 APR 2002 ERMLER, Mark (Russian conductor)
    Died in Seoul after collapsing during a rehearsal for a concert by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday 11 APR 2002. Conducted the Bolshoi Theatre and Opera and was musical director until 2000. Was chief conductor of the Seoul Philarmonic from May 2000. Obit. ~ age 69.

  • 02 APR 2002 LEVY, Edward (Composer and Music Professor)
    Taught music at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. Died at New York University Medical Center of complications from pancreatic cancer. Born in Brooklyn in 1929. ~ age 72. NY Times Obit.

  • 31 MAR 2002 San PEDRO, Lucio (Phillipine composer and teacher) ~ age 89.

  • 30 MAR 2002 BERNETTE, Yara (Brazilian pianist)
    Died in São Paulo. Born in Boston in 1920 to Russian immigrant parents. She played in Europe and the USA, was encouraged by Rubinstein and Arrau. Taught in Hamburg and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. ~ age 82.

  • 29 MAR 2002 CAMERON, John (Austrailian baritone)
    Died in London. Was born in Coolamon, New South Wales, 20 MAR 1918. ~ age 84.

  • 24 MAR 2002 DeLAY, Dorothy (Well known violin teacher and mentor)
    Taught over 50 years, her students included such Itzhak Perlman, Midori and Gil Shaham. Miss DeLay taught at Manhattan's Juilliard School. She died at her home near NYC of cancer. ~ age 84. AP obit from Andante.

  • 24 MAR 2002 BOWER, Beverly (MET Soprano)
    Sang the lead at the first performance in the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, died at her home in Washington Township, N.J. of cancer. Born in Olean, N.Y. Performed on radio and television, including on Jack Paar's "Tonight" show. ~ age 76.

  • 23 MAR 2002 FARRELL, Eileen (Opera singer)
    Was known for both the opera and pop. ~ age 82.

  • 19 MAR 2002 SALMENHAARA, Erkki (Finnish composer and musicologist)
    Was born 12 MAR 1941. Guardian Obit.

  • 18 MAR 2002 WINBERGH, Gosta (Swedish tenor)
    Sang lyrical and dramatic roles in leading international opera houses for almost 30 years. ~ age 58 Obit from AP via AOL.

  • 13 MAR 2002 JANSEN, Jacques (French baritone)
    Interpreter of the role of Pelléas in Claude Debussy's opera Pélleas et Mélisande, died in Paris, ~ age 88. Le Monde reports via Andante

  • 08 MAR 2002 KAKHIDZE, Jansug (Composer and conductor)
    Championed the music of comrade Giya Kancheli, died of throat cancer. Music director of the State Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and the artistic director of the Tblisi Opera. Was known as 'The Slavic Karajan' Andante obituary. ~ age 65.

  • 28 FEB 2002 ZACHARIAS, Helmut (German Violinist)
    Helmut Zacharias, a German composer and musician dubbed the "magic violinist" for his fast-flowing jazz, classical and popular renditions, died of a lung infection. ~ age 82. Yahoo, AP-Obituary

  • 24 FEB 2002 ORNSTEIN, Leo (Russian-born composer and pianist}
    Died in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was born in December of either 1892 or 1893, making him either 108 or 109 years old. Andante, Obituary.

  • 22 FEB 2002 O'DOWDA, Brendan (Popular Irish tenor). He was born in Dundalk, Co Louth, on 1 OCT 1925. He died in Southampton, aged 76. London Times Obituary.

  • 18 FEB 2002 PERELMAN, Nathan (Ukraine-born pianist)
    Perelman died in St Petersburg, ~ age 95. Gordon Rumson on PERELMAN from Music-Vision

  • 14 FEB 2002 STEVENS, John CBE (Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English)
    Cambridge University 1978-2002. b- 8 OCT 1921. He studied the relation between words and music in song from medieval times through to Benjamin Britten. ~ age 80. Guardian Obituary.

  • 14 FEB 2002 WAND, Günter (German conductor)
    Was former conductor of the BBC Orchestra. b-Elberfeld, 7 JAN 1912. ~ age 90. Guardian, Obituary; See also, obit from AP-Yahoo.

  • 13 FEB 2002 ARONSTEN, Max (Australian Pianist)
    Musician who pioneered music on radio 'down under'. ~ age 96.Sydney Morning Herald-ANDANTE, Obit

  • 06 FEB 2002 TATE, Lady Viola (British opera singer, artistic director and author)
    She emigrated to Australia, married an entrepreneur and was formost in Australia's theatrical life. She was born in Pressburg (now Bratislava) on 1 NOV 1911. She died in Melbourne, aged 90. London Times Obituary.

  • 29 JAN 2002 HAMMOND, Michael (Composer and teacher)
    Was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts for a week, died at his temporary home. ~ age 69. Boston Globe Obit.

  • 27 JAN 2002 VANZO, Alain (French Tenor)
    Renown for restrained, nuanced Style, a leading French lyric tenor of the postwar generation. NY Times Obiturary. ~ age 73.

  • 23 JAN 2002 KIPNIS, Igor (Harpsichord Master)
    Charter member of MUSIClassical list group. ~ Died at his Redding, Connecticut home of cancer. Born in Berlin 27 SEP 1930. Son of opera singer Alexander Kipnis, 1891-1978. ~ age 71. NYTimes Obituary. and Boston Globe Obituary.

  • 17 JAN 2002 NIES-BERGER, Édouard (Concert Organist)
    Was organist and teacher who was a protégé of Albert Schweitzer. ~ age 98. NYTimes, obituary.

  • 15 JAN 2002 EPSTEIN, David Mayer (Former professor of music at MIT)
    Was director of the MIT Symphony Orchestra for 33 years, died of complications of lung and liver disease at Concord Mass. Emerson Hospital. ~ age 71. Boston Globe Obit.

  • 13 JAN 2002 ATKINS, Norman (Baritone)
    Opera, musical theater and Jewish liturgical music, died in Hackensack, N.J. He lived in Mahwah, N.J. He died of complications after heart surgery. ~ age 82. NY Times Obit.

  • 11 JAN 2002 CLARK, Keith (U.S. Army Band, bugler)
    Played an imperfect "Taps" at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. ~ age 74. NY Times, obit.

  • 04 JAN 2002, HEMMINGS, Peter (OBE, LA opera administrator)
    Born on 10 APR 1934. Died from cancer in Piddlehinton, Dorset. ~ age 67. London Times Obit.

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