Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident

Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident


norman lebrecht

July 04, 2016

The Leipzig opera audience was informed before last night’s Wagner performance that cellist Hendrik Zwiener had died in a tragic road accident.

An orchestra member for ten years, Hendrik was a human rights activist with his own foundation that campaigned against notable acts of injustice.

An expert mountain cyclist, he was struck on a main road by a heavy goods vehicle while returning home from the orchestra.

hendrik zweiner

The final wish of a fallen Gewandhaus cellist.



  • Sue says:

    Horrific news!! Just dreadful.

  • Rick Ranti says:

    This is heartbreaking. The Gewandhaus Orchestra hosted us, the Boston Symphony, with such generosity and grace in our tour a few months ago. Leading one of my sweetest moments in my 30+ years doing orchestra tours was Hendrik who organized a beautiful bike trip from our hotel in Dresden to Leipzig. We BSO riders and the Gewandhaus guys formed an immediate brotherhood for the afternoon. Hendrik was a sparkling, generous, fun, wonderful man and I will remember him with fondness and gratitude.