Sadness: Leading cellist falls to ovarian cancer

Sadness: Leading cellist falls to ovarian cancer


norman lebrecht

May 27, 2015

The widely-known and loved Tanya Prochazka has died at 62, after a nine-year struggle with ovarian cancer.

Australian by birth, a grandaughter of the conductor Albert Coates, Tanya studied with Jacqueline du Pre and Janos Starker and played in various UK orchestras before settling in 1986 with her family in Edmonton, Canada, where she was professor at the University of Alberta and conductor of the university orchestra.

She was the twin sister of the baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch.

tanya procha

Our condolences to her family.


  • Jeffrey Levenson says:

    Nee Tanya Hunt – lovely woman and cellist. RIP.

  • Brent Straughan says:

    Ah Tanya; you were such a bright musical soul in our firmament, how we survive such a loss, I do not know.

  • NYMike says:

    Lovely playing – a sad loss.

  • Len says:

    Tanya is deeply missed by her Edmonton musical friends and colleagues. A huge spirit: passionate, committed to the highest standards, and a great personal friend and inspiring musician. She took up conducting in later years, and brought all these qualities to many students and community members in our university orchestra.