Two players in Musica Aeterna, an ensemble directed by Teodor Currentzis, were involved in a two-car collision on the road from Perm to Ekaterinburg.
Vladimir Garushka, an outstanding horn player from Minsk, was killed on the spot. He was 31.
His companion, the cellist Anna Morozova, 24, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anna is a prizewinner in several international competitions
The driver of the other vehicle was arrested ‘in a state of alcoholic intoxication’.