Quartet leader has visions of afterlife before he sadly dies

Quartet leader has visions of afterlife before he sadly dies


norman lebrecht

August 08, 2016

Paul Robertson, founder of the distinguished Medici Quartet, died in a London hospital on July 26. Paul, a vivid and wonderfully articulate character, was 63. He had suffered from heart disease for several years.

medici quartet


Before he died, Paul wrote a memoir, Soundscapes: A Musician’s Journey Through Life and Death, in which he describes near-death experiences and the ‘proofs’ he received of life after death. It will be published next month by Faber & Faber. In the beyond, he writes, the angels smell of aftershave.

In a deathbed interview with the Times, he said: ‘All you can hope to do is to enrich that land that must be called death.’

Paul will be sorely missed.


paul robertson violinist


  • John Borstlap says:

    Since SD often has the appearance of a graveyard, this may be some hopeful information.

  • Una says:

    Nuisance you can’t read the Times thing without taking out a subscription.

    Any chance of cutting and pasting it, Norman?

    What does SD stand for, John? Not into acronyms I’m afraid. Thanks!

  • kaifm says:

    A pity the Times article can’t be read for free.

  • John Borstlap says:

    I remember having once met Robertson after a concert of the quartet, a most amaible man and excellent performer. It’s a sad story. The quartet had (has?) an interesting programme policy and the players were wonderful at the concert.