France loses foremost viola player

Serge Collot, principal viola at the Paris Opera from 1957 to 1986 and a member of several good string quartets, has died at the age of 92.

A friend of Pierre Boulez, he performed in the Domaine Musical concerts has inspired many new scores, among them Quatre Duos for viola and piano (1979) by Betsy Jolas and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VI for viola solo.

serge collot

photo 2002 by Christophe Desjardins

l-r: Collot, Boulez, Christophe Desjardins

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