A concertmaster dies of cancer, aged 47

A concertmaster dies of cancer, aged 47


norman lebrecht

February 01, 2017

Amy Tobin of Minnesota worked all her life with violins.

After finishing college in Boston, studying with Roman Totenberg, she worked for Fein Violins and was concertmaster in the St. Paul Civic Symphony orchestra from 2008, the year she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.

She also played in the professional Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, while retraining as a medical technician. Then the cancer returned.

Amy died on January 14, her son Liam’s eleventh birthday.

You can donate here to help support her boy.



  • Andrew says:

    God bless this incredible woman, warrior and artist. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • NYYgirl says:

    Could someone who is better at computers please explain to me how to donate? I have gone to the link but it’s not clear to me how to proceed. This story breaks my heart. Thank you.