Ingmar Bergman’s pianist wife has died

Käbi Laretei, the international concert pianist who married the Swedish film director and strongly influenced his middle period, has died at the age of 92.

A 1940 refugee from Soviet-invaded Estonia, Laretei was Bergman’s fourth wife in 1959. She played on several of his films, most tellingly in Autumn Sonata, and made a cameo appearance in Fanny and Alexander. Their son, Daniel, became a film director.

Käbi had a varied concert career, meeting Stravinsky and Hindemith, and specialising in solo recitals. Before her involvement with Bergman, she was married (1950-59) to the Swedish conductor, Gunnar Staern, with whom she had a daughter, Linda.

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