Breaking: Early music giant calls it quitsmain
Gustav Leonhardt has told the Paris journal Le Nouvel Observateur that he has given the last concert of his life.
He felt tired and weak at the Bouffes du Nord yesterday and decided that, at 83, he wasn’t going to risk it again. He has cancelled all future engagements. Here‘s the story (in French)..
In addition to his own achievements as a scholar and performer of Bach, Byrd, Mozart and much else, the Dutsch keyboardist and director was influential in introducing Nikolaus Harnoncourt to period performance, as well as countless artists of later generations.