Category Archives: Classical

With blazing technique, Maurice Andre, 78, brought trumpet out from the back of the orchestra to center stage

(As a trumpet student in college, I listened to a lot of Maurice Andre. He was my rock star.) BAYONNE, France – Maurice AndrĂ©, a virtuoso credited with having transformed the trumpet from a workaday cog in the back of

With blazing technique, Maurice Andre, 78, brought trumpet out from the back of the orchestra to center stage

(As a trumpet student in college, I listened to a lot of Maurice Andre. He was my rock star.) BAYONNE, France – Maurice AndrĂ©, a virtuoso credited with having transformed the trumpet from a workaday cog in the back of

First person: Patrick Bashford, Vogue model, learned flamenco guitar from Gypsies in caves

LONDON – My friend Patrick Bashford, who has died aged 82, was professor of classical guitar at the Royal College of Music and a former Vogue model. During his modelling days, his extraordinary good looks, droll wit and gregarious charm

First person: Patrick Bashford, Vogue model, learned flamenco guitar from Gypsies in caves

LONDON – My friend Patrick Bashford, who has died aged 82, was professor of classical guitar at the Royal College of Music and a former Vogue model. During his modelling days, his extraordinary good looks, droll wit and gregarious charm

Paavo Berglund, 82, was one of Finland’s most famous conductors, especially of Sibelius

(From Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s national newspaper.) HELSINKI – The celebrated Finnish orchestral conductor Paavo Berglund died at his home in Helsinki on January 25th, at the age of 82. As a child, Berglund studied the violin, and expressed disdain for

Paavo Berglund, 82, was one of Finland’s most famous conductors, especially of Sibelius

(From Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s national newspaper.) HELSINKI – The celebrated Finnish orchestral conductor Paavo Berglund died at his home in Helsinki on January 25th, at the age of 82. As a child, Berglund studied the violin, and expressed disdain for

Eschewing orchestras, harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, 83, played Bach cleanly, simply

  AMSTERDAM – Gustav Leonhardt, who has died aged 83, was a Dutch harpsichordist and conductor and a pioneer of the early music movement; he brought to post-war Europe a new understanding of how the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Eschewing orchestras, harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, 83, played Bach cleanly, simply

  AMSTERDAM – Gustav Leonhardt, who has died aged 83, was a Dutch harpsichordist and conductor and a pioneer of the early music movement; he brought to post-war Europe a new understanding of how the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Janet Leigh stabbed in ‘Psycho’? That was Hollywood musician Israel Baker on violin

LOS ANGELES – The American violinist Israel Baker, who has died aged 92, was renowned among his fellow musicians but unknown to most of the millions who heard him play on the soundtracks of such movies as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960

Janet Leigh stabbed in ‘Psycho’? That was Hollywood musician Israel Baker on violin

LOS ANGELES – The American violinist Israel Baker, who has died aged 92, was renowned among his fellow musicians but unknown to most of the millions who heard him play on the soundtracks of such movies as Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960

An accordion in a concentration camp saved Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg, 82

LUGANO, Switzerland – Bulgarian pianist Alexis Weissenberg, hailed as “one of the greatest performers of the 20th century”, has died aged 82. Born into a Jewish family in Sofia, Weissenberg began piano lessons at the age of three, giving his

An accordion in a concentration camp saved Bulgarian-born pianist Alexis Weissenberg, 82

LUGANO, Switzerland – Bulgarian pianist Alexis Weissenberg, hailed as “one of the greatest performers of the 20th century”, has died aged 82. Born into a Jewish family in Sofia, Weissenberg began piano lessons at the age of three, giving his

You’ve GOT to hear this ensemble, classical music impresario Omus Hirshbein, 77, would say

NEW YORK CITY – Omus Hirshbein, a colorful, headstrong arts administrator who directed important concert series at Hunter College and the 92nd Street Y, founded the New York Chamber Symphony and held posts at the National Endowment for the Arts,

You’ve GOT to hear this ensemble, classical music impresario Omus Hirshbein, 77, would say

NEW YORK CITY – Omus Hirshbein, a colorful, headstrong arts administrator who directed important concert series at Hunter College and the 92nd Street Y, founded the New York Chamber Symphony and held posts at the National Endowment for the Arts,