London laments a principal cellist, 96

London laments a principal cellist, 96


norman lebrecht

May 01, 2017

A livewire on the London scene, Olga Hegedus was one of the founders of the Goldsborough Orchestra which evolved into the English Chamber Orchestra. She shared principal cello duties with Charles Tunnell and worked happily with the ECO’s group of young artists – Barenboim, Ashkenazy, Zukerman and more.


A student of Pierre Fournier, she was active as a chamber musician and played in many premieres.

Olga was born in London on 18 October 1920 and died there on 22 April 2017.

Olga (centre) in 1979, between Quintin Ballardie and Prince Charles.

Photo (c) Anthony Woodhouse/ECO