ClassicalMusicNews.ru reports the death of Sviatoslav Luther, former principal conductor of the State Symphony of St Petersburg.
There are conflicting reports as to the cause of death. A note said: ‘For my death I wish no-one to be blamed.’
He leaves a young daughter, whom he was raising as a lone parent. She was with his mother at the time.
A member of a well-known musical family, Luther studied with Ilya Musin, was an assistant to Valery Gergiev and founded a training orchestra for students.
He was artistic director of St.Petersburg’s Rachmaninov Society.