Tragedy: Harnoncourt’s grandson is found dead beneath Williamsburg Bridge

An Austrian named as Arthur Magnus, aged 31, has been found dead on a highway after apparently falling from the Williamsburg Bridge in New York.

Austrian media have identified him as the grandson of the great conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March this year. Arthur was the son of Elisabeth von Magnus, a deputy vice-chancellor of Graz University and an accomplished mezzo-soprano who made many recordings with her father.

We send her and the whole family our condolences at this tragic loss.

Arthur Magnus worked as a manager for the freestyle motocross event, Masters of Dirt, and ran his own company, Next Level Entertainment, Gmbh.


Harnoncourt lost his son, Eberhard, a promising film director, in a 1990 road accident at the age of 33.


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  • God, this is just horrific. I feel for that wonderful Harnoncourt family; as you might know Harnoncourt lost his son Eberhard (spelling?) in a motor accident in the 1990s. They had this double blow.

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