Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident

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.

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The final wish of a fallen Gewandhaus cellist.


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  • 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.

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