The marvellous Austrian soloist and conductor Heinrich Schiff has died today in a Vienna hospital. He had been in poor health for several years after suffering a stroke and he no longer played the cello, but his teaching and his conducting lit up the music world.
We mourn his loss.
Heinrich Schiff was artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia in England from 1990 to 1996. He was also chief conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur.