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    Default Briggs Dorian-Lawrence died at only 19 years old






    Briggs Dorian-Lawrence was driving to a hospital appointment when he drifted off lane and into the path of an oncoming truck.

    Briggs coached the String Orchestra of Decatur and Atlanta, attended six years at High Plains Music Camp at Fort Hays State University and played Messiah in December 2021 at Snow College, Utah. His final performance was with the Dorian String Quartet on Christmas Eve with Claudia, Graham, and his mother Sarah. Briggs was also a composer of string music and digital music.

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    Default Edmund Reid, passed away at 85




    For many years Edmund Reid, was the only black face to be seen in the major British orchestras.

    Jamaica born, Edmund won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music London and went on to further study with Sascha Lasserson.

    He played first in the Sadlers Wells orchestra, then applied to Covent Garden.

    When he auditioned for Sir Georg Solti at the ROH in 1964, it was reported, ‘it took two months for the committee to discuss ‘whether it was OK to employ a black man”.

    In 1987 he successfully sued English National Opera for refusing to name him co-leader after acting as concertmaster for two years.

    A gentle, friendly man, he also led the Rehearsal Orchestra. Levon Parikian recalls: ‘Eddie Reid’s genial demeanour hid a musician of great sensitivity and integrity who led the Rehearsal Orchestra with distinction for more than 20 years. His ease at the violin set the standard for the section, but his presence was never intimidating, and he was always ready with a kind word of encouragement when the going got tough. He brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the leader’s role, and even the shortest orchestral solo was graced with his natural, singing tone. A supportive leader, he had strong opinions about orchestral string playing, but was always ready to try the alternative, and if he disagreed with a conductor’s ideas he would argue the toss with good humour. He usually won.’

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    Default Everett Lee Passed away at 105




    The death is reported in Sweden of Everett Lee, the first African-American to conduct on Broadway and also the first, he claimed, to conduct an established symphony orchestra in the southern states of the USA.

    Working in Cleveland as a hotel busboy, Everett Astor Lee was befriended by the conductor Arthur Rodzinski, who sent him to study at the he Cleveland Institute of Music. While standing in as conductor for a college production of Carmen Jones, he was spotted by Leonard Bernstein, who hired him to conduct his Broadway musical, On the Town.

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    Default Nikša Bareza passed away at 86



    Croatia’s foremost conductor Nikša Bareza died yesterday at the age of 86.

    He was scarcely heard in Zagreb in recent years, blocked by an obdurate intendant at Croatian National Opera.

    Bareza was twice head of Zagreb Opera (1965–74 and 2014–2018), permanent conductor at Zurich Opera 1978–81, Generalmusikdirektor in Graz (1981–90) and Chemnitz (2001–2007) and chief conductor of Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb (1992–2010).

    He also conducted opera in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna (1973-1991), La Scala (1991-2007) and San Francisco.

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    Default Zoe Hwang passed away at 58




    Zoe Hwang passed away
    Operanostalgia reports the death of Zoe Hwang, a bronze medallist in the 1988 Queen Elisabeth singing contest in Brussels.

    News of her passing was conveyed by the conductor Naoki Tokuoka, who compiled the memorial video below.

    Zoe went on to become a popular presenter of classical programmes in Taipei.

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    Default William Cochran died at 78





    The US opera singer William Cochran died on January 16, 2022 at the age of 78 at his home in Königstein im Taunus. This was announced by his close family. From the beginning of his international career, William Cochran performed as a Heldentenor in the most important opera houses of North and Central America as well as Europe and Asia.

    After having won many of the most important singing competitions in the United States at the age of 24 – among others as the first co-winner of the Lauritz Melchior Heldentenor Foundation Grant – the student of Lotte Lehmann began his career in 1969 when he participated in the “New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions” and was awarded a contract by Sir Rudolf Bing to sing at the Metropolitan Opera as the “Young Heldentenor” even before the semi-finals of this competition.

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    Default Angelo Gilardino passed away at 80





    Many of Italy’s best classical guitarists turned out to carry the coffin of Angelo Gilardino, who died aged 80 after a short spell in an infectious diseases ward.

    Gilardino performed all the classical reprtoire and wrote many new works including a Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza (1981-1988) that is regarded as the guitar’s equivalent to Liszt’s Etudes. He also brought to light works written for Segovia by Cyril Scott, Lennox Berkeley and others.

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    Default Roger Tapping passed away at 61






    Statement from the Juilliard String Quartet:

    We are heartbroken to lose our beloved colleague and friend Roger Tapping. Roger died of cancer today at the age of 61 with his family by his side. One of the most passionate and celebrated chamber musicians of his generation, Roger was adored by students, colleagues, and audiences around the world. His love for performing and teaching radiated from his very being and deeply touched all who knew him. We will continue to be inspired by his unstoppable energy and zeal, qualities that he brought to all his musical collaborations. Our daily quartet rehearsals were elevated by Roger’s love for playing string quartets together. The pleasure he derived from music-making was palpable and inspiring, not just for those of us who were his colleagues, but for the generations of young musicians who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.

    Roger Tapping, London born, was a member of the Allegri Quartet before moving to the US to join the Takacs in 1995. On the retirement of Samuel Rhodes in 2014, he switched to the Juilliard String Quartet.

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    Default Rafael Rojas passed away at 59




    The Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas died yesterday of an undisclosed cause.

    After studying in Glasgow and Manchester, he won a Domingo award in the 1995 Operalia competition and went on to a career that centred mostly on the UK and major European houses.

    Opera North has tweeted: ‘We are incredibly sad to learn that tenor Rafael Rojas has passed away. A key member of the Opera North family, Rafael sang many roles here throughout his hugely distinguished career. We are privileged to have known and worked with him.’

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    Default Ann Spurbeck passed away at 82



    The Memphis Symphony violinist Ann Spurbeck, who played sessions with Elvis Presley and Isaac Hayes, has died at 82. Her best session, she said, was the theme from Shaft.

    She played 52 years in the orchestra, making her one of history’s longest serving musicians.

    Her son Sam plays in the Lansing Symphony in Michigan.

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    Default András Wilheim passed away aged 72.





    The widely respected musicologist and editor András Wilheim died 20-1- 2022 aged 72.

    A Bartók authority who was also an authority on John Cage and the American avant-garde music, he worked for the Budapest New Music Studio as a consultant to contemporary Hungarian composers.

    He had close contact with György Kurtág who authorised him to edit his scores published with UMP EMB.

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    Default Randolph Locke passed away 67



    The distinguished tenor Randolph Locke died on Tuesday in Florida.

    Among career highlights he sang Don José in Carmen with San Francisco Opera, Calaf in Turandot at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland and Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, opposite Agnes Baltsa in Thessaloniki. He also gave extensive recital tours with his wife, the mezzosoprano Carol Sparrow.,

    After a busy international career, Locke taught voice at the State College of Florida.

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    Default Conductor Karolos Trikolidis passed away at 74




    The Austrian conductor Karolos Trikolidis, a student of Herbert von Karajan and like him half-Greek, has died of a malignant illness just short of his 75th birthday.

    Trikolidis held posts in Iceland, Hungary, Russia and Austria but his main contributions was as music director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra for 38 years, from 1972 to 2010.

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    Default Aquiles Delle Vigne passed away at 75




    The distinguished Argntine pianist Aquiles Delle Vigne has died of an unknown cause.

    He recently taught in Salzburg and London, judged a couple of competitions and recorded a cycle of Beethoven sonatas.

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    Default Nigel Rogers passed away at 83






    Baroque tenor Nigel Rogers, a trailblazing singer of John Dowland’s melancholies and much else. His passing was announced on BBC Radio3 and on French media.

    A choral scholar in 1950s Cambridge, Rogers founded a medieval ensemble in Munich, the Studio der frühen Musik, to make his first recordings. He starred elsewhere in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, settled in Kent and took a professorship in London at the Royal College of Music. In later years, he published scholarly articles on early music.

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