Violin tragedy in Israel – more details emerge
May 24, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht
It is reported on Hebrew websites (and here), and confirmed by mutual acquaintances, that the violinist Matan Givol took his own life shortly before he was due to play in a concert with the Tel Aviv Soloists.
(Tel Aviv Trio: L to R Matan Givol, pianist Jonathan Aner and Matan’s brother, cellist Ira Givol)
Matan had played in all rehearsals for Saturday’s concert in Haifa with the German countertenor Andreas Scholl and his harpsichordist wife, Tamar Halperin. But on Sunday he failed to show up for the next concert in Tel Aviv.
The conductor Tal Barak announced that there had been a tragic event and the intended programme was cancelled. Instead, Halperin accompanied Scholl in a vocal recital.
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