We regret to share news of the death of Deb Lander, possibly Australia’s outstanding contemporary music specialist on her instrument. She was 49.
Deb, who premiered works by Elena Kats Chernin, Mark Isaacs, Margery Smith and others, was latterly professor of viola at the University of Kentucky.
She suffered cardiac arrest three years ago while on her way to watch Falstaff at Lexington Opera House. Prompt CPR brought her back and she was able to resume a normal existence. She did much to promote CPR skills and awareness within the community.
She said of the viola: ‘It’s such a fantastic, dark sound, like chocolate – dark chocolate. It’s the best instrument, no question.’
Our sympathies to her parents and family.