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The aim of this thread is to collect links to obituaries of people.involved in the classical music world. They can be performers, conductors, composers, teachers, instrument makers - whatever.

One of the problems of posting such links is that sometimes they will be hidden behind paywalls. We subscribe to The Telegraph print edition and get a pass to their main site so don't always notice the problem.
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From Wikipedia:

George Crumb (October 24, 1929 - February 6, 2022) was an American composer of modern classical and avant-garde music. He was known as an explorer of unusual timbres, alternative forms of notation, and extended instrumental and vocal techniques, which obtain vivid sonorities. Examples include seagull effect for the cello (e.g. Vox Balaenae), metallic vibrato for the piano (e.g. Five Pieces for Piano), and using a mallet to play the strings of a double bass (e.g. Madrigals, Book I), among numerous others. Crumb's most renowned works include Ancient Voices of Children (1970), Black Angels (1971), and Makrokosmos III (1974). Crumb died in his home in Media, Pennsylvania, on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92.

RIP. :(
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Gianluca Floris (12 June 1964 – 4 February 2022) Tenor

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He featured in several recordings for Naxos Records, including playing the role of Bardolfo in a recording of Falstaff made at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence in 2006.
Floris died on 4 February 2022, at the age of 57.
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Hans Neuenfels ( 31 May 1941 - 6 February 2022)

Hans Neuenfels 31 May 1941 - 6 February 2022) was a German writer, poet, film producer, librettist, theatre director, opera director and theatre manager. As a director, he first focused on drama, staged at prominent houses such as the Vienna Burgtheater, and became a leading exponent of German Regietheater. From 1974, he turned to opera, looking for "the subliminal of the music and the interlinear of the texts", for "surprisingly new, sometimes even disturbingly ambivalent perspectives on the works".[1] Some of his opera productions caused controversies, such as Verdi's Aida at the Oper Frankfurt in 1980 where he staged the title character as a contemporary cleaning lady. In Mozart's Idomeneo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2006, he was accused of offending Islam, and in Wagner's Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival in 2010, he dressed the choir as laboratory rats. He received the Der Faust award for his life's achievements in 2016, and is regarded as one of the most inventive directors of his generation.
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Walter Barylli (16 June 1921 - February 2022)
From the WIKI

Walter Barylli (16 June 1921 - February 2022) was an Austrian violinist who had a distinguished career based in his native Vienna, as Konzertmeister of the Vienna Philharmonic, founder and leader of the Barylli string quartet, and professor of violin at the Vienna City Academy.
Rolf Wollrad German Baritone passed away at

Studied at the Leipziger Musikhochschule and singing at the State Conservatory in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Later he was director of opera at the Staatsoper in Dresden and in 2003 became an honorary member.
Since then he appears as guest singer, at the Stadttheater Bern and at the Staatsoper Dresden, among others.
Two American composers passed away this weekend: William Kraft, 98, and Aurelio De la Vega 96 (SlippedDisc).
Violinist Roger Stimson has died age 73, he died from cancer .
Source various sites- news papers.
Judith Beckmann passed away at 86

Judith Beckmann (born May 10, 1935) is an American-German soprano. She has spent the majority of her stage career in Germany and Austria.

Beckmann was born in Jamestown, North Dakota,[1] into a talented musical family, the daughter of an opera singer and a pianist. She received her musical education at the University of Southern California and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, studying under her father and Lotte Lehmann. In 1961 she won a singing contest in San Francisco, through which she was awarded a scholarship to study with Henny Wolff at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and with Franziska Martienssen-Lohmann in Düsseldorf. Her musical debut came in 1962 at the former National Theater of Braunschweig, in the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte.[1] This was the beginning of an ongoing and successful career with engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
Source Wiki
Soprano Josephine Veasey has passed away at 91

Born in Peckham, she studied with Audrey Langford, and became a member of the Royal Opera House chorus in 1949. She made her debut as a soloist on 5 July 1955 as the Page in Salome, followed by Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and later roles included Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Marina in Boris Godunov, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Eboli in Don Carlos, Amneris in Aida, and sang the title role in Carmen, amongst others. Beginning in 1957, she became a regular guest at the Glyndebourne Festival, notably as Charlotte in Werther and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.

Source British newspapers and Wiki
John Woolf passes away at 91

Violinist who founded the Park Lane Group to provide platforms for performers and composers at the start of their careers
He was much loved and respected.
Source : British media .
Antonietta Stella (1929-2022) has passed away in Rome at 92.

Born in Perugia, Stella studied at the Conservatory of Perugia and at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and made her debut in Spoleto, as Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore, in 1950.

She made La Scala debut in 1954 as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, where she then sang regularly to great acclaim until 1963.

She was present at all well-known opera houses, the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera, the Palais Garnier in Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

(Source: Wiki)

R. I. P.
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Violinist and conductor Jaakko Kuusisto died today (aged 48) of a brain tumour (from Slippeddisc).

RIP. I have his violin concerto and a number of other compositions on CD. I will dig them up for tomorrow's playlist.
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That is awful news. I didn't know he was unwell. Jaakko Kuusisto was a gifted composer & like his brother, a remarkable violinist,

--Here he is performing Bach's Double Violin Concerto with his brother, Pekka:

--In addition, here's a link to Kuusisto's own Violin Concerto, recorded by the wonderful violinist Elina Vähälä, with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer:

--Here too is Jaako's incredible recording of Einojuhani Rautavarra's Violin Concerto:

What a sad loss.
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Zoe Kitson has died at only 44

She was principal Cor Anglaise at the Scottish National orchestra.

Source different news papers and Instagram.
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Antonio Carlos Ribeiro Barbosa Lima (17 December 1944 - 23 February 2022)

Antonio Carlos Ribeiro Barbosa Lima (17 December 1944 - 23 February 2022) was a Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist. He spent most of his professional life as a resident in the United States, devoting much of his time as a recitalist on international concert tours. He appeared often as a soloist and with orchestras.
Source Wiki
Jan Welmers famous organist dies at 83

Jan Welmers dies at 83

JJan Welmers (1937) was an organist at the Grote of Sint-Stevenskerk in Nijmegen from 1974 to 2002. Before that, he was associated with the Triumfatorkerk in Katwijk aan Zee for ten years.

As a composer, Welmers made a name for himself with a large number of works for organ, which are mostly composed in a minimal music style. On the occasion of the composer's 80th birthday in 2017, Jan Hage recorded the complete organ oeuvre that Welmers wrote between 1961 and 2016 in the Utrecht Dom Church on three CDs. The CD "Jan Welmers Organ Works" was previously released on Lindenberg's label, on which several organists performed the composer's music on the König organ in the Grote of Sint-Stevenskerk in Nijmegen.
Source Dutch newspaper .
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Annerose Schmidt (5 October 1936 - 10 March 2022) was the professional name used by Annerose Boeck, a (East) German pianist. Along with her concert appearances, she has recorded extensively. A notable project involved recording all of the Mozart Piano concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresden Philharmonic. RIP.

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New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell died aged 77 (SlippedDisc).

Russian conductor Michail Jurowski died aged 76 (SlippedDisc).
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Scottish composer John McLeod died aged 88 (SlippedDisc).

I have one work by him on CD (The song of Dionysius).
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Pianist Joseph Kalichstein died today at age 75 from pancreatic cancer. He was a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and the late George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. He performed with the world’s greatest orchestras, from the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras to the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony, from the NHK and New York Philharmonic to the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Kalichstein was also been frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and Emerson Quartets. RIP.
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