We regret to share news of the death of Zoltan Roman, a pioneer of Mahler scholarship in North America and a very kind and helpful colleague. He was 79.
A refugee from the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary, Zoltan fled to Canada, where he played oboe in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra before taking up an academic career in Calgary. He supplied important information on Mahler’s Budapest period to Kurt Blaukopf and myself, but his major contribution was a documentary study of Mahler’s American years, 1907-11, a book full of indispensable insights. He also published a book on Mahler in his native Hungary.
Zoltan is survived by his wife Eva and her children Eva and Monica and grandchildren Alex, Nicole, Michael, Indigo and Levi, to whom we send our warm sympathies.