A soloist pays tribute to the maestro we lost

A soloist pays tribute to the maestro we lost


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2016

Dear wonderful, beloved, unforgettable maestro Eri Klas,

eri klas anna-liisa2

I cannot write this in any other form than addressing it directly to you, since it will take me a long while in order to really understand that you are no longer with us. The void you left behind is immense. It will not, cannot, be filled again. You were a dear and close friend of our family over 4 generations, starting with my great grandmother Jenny Siimon, and you have been a musical partner with all of us. I was only 4 years old when I first met you, on Christmas eve, and I even remember singing some carols for you, (probably a pain to listen to,).

There are so many things I wanted to thank you for, your ability to make people feel welcome, and “under your wing” when playing with you, your instant youthfulness on the podium, your quick wit, humour, and most of all love towards music. I will forever cherish the memory of playing Mozart Violin Concerto in G-Major with you, for the New Years Eve 2010 concerts in Tallinn and Tartu, as well as the tour to St. Petersburgh, because no matter how tired or sleepless we started to be, you always were reborn the very second you stood onto the podium, radiating your immortal youthful energy into all of our souls, immediately.

I miss you. We will all miss you. With my undying love,

eri klas anna-liisa

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny


  • Kevin Scott says:

    An excellent conductor who was far too unknown and a total gentleman as well. I remember seeing him conduct the Verdi Requiem with Opera Ebony back around 1990 at CCNY’s Aaron Davis Hall in Manhattan, and it was spellbinding. I met with him afterwards and he was quite cordial and gregarious with many of the concertgoers, as well as the singers and musicians who played under his baton. He will be deeply missed.

  • Stereo says:

    Why had we never heard of him or come across him? Strange profession, with so many 2nd rate “maestri” like F. Worse than most in very high profile positions.