News has reached us belatedly of the death on December 13 of Dale Bartlett, aged 77. A Cortot pupil, he won the Viotti competition in Italy and did a round of concerto performances before settling into a groove as his country’s accompanist of choice.
Julian Armour, artistic director of the Chamber Players of Canada, writes: Dale was one of the very, very best – and always a lovely guy as well. The tremendous integrity of his playing, his almost superhuman technical perfection, his ESP-driven ensemble skills and his unerring musicality made him a colleague to treasure. And how refreshing! He was a musician who gave everything, delivered every single time, and never craved the spotlight he so richly deserved. Thank you, Dale, for so many great concerts and so many great memories!