A Moscow music school mourns its sons, lost in Black Sea crash

A Moscow music school mourns its sons, lost in Black Sea crash


norman lebrecht

December 26, 2016

Teachers at the celebrated Gnessin School have lost a husband and a son in the Tupolev crash that wiped out the Alexandrov Ensemble, formerly the Red Army Ensemble.

Irina Gegele lost her son, Ivan, a horn player.

Another teacher is married to Vladimir Brodsky, a pianist who died.

The information has been sent to us by friends and family.

Eternal rest to their souls.

UPDATE: Also killed:

– Anton Gubankov, head of the cultural department at the Russian Ministry of Defence

– Dancer Ralina Gilmanova, 22

– Humanitarian physician Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, bearing relief aid to Latakia hospital

A full list of victims can be seen here.


  • M. Marjorie says:

    It was a great loss that happened and the people from America and elsewhere are saddened by this. Some very great and noble people were killed in this crash. If it does point to Islamic terrorism, then war must be declared against this faction but in the meanwhile, we are sending our sincerest condolences to President Vladimir Putin, his country and the families that have lost loved ones in this tragedy. Their memories will always remain though, for they all brought light and goodness in this world! Rest in Peace. M. Marjorie