Report: Top conductor dies

Report: Top conductor dies


norman lebrecht

June 02, 2017

The local newspaper in Bergamo, Italy, has reported the death, this afternoon, of Jeffrey Tate, the eminent British conductor. He suffered an apparent heart attack while visiting the Accademia Carrara and could not be revived.

Sir Jeffrey Tate, who was 74, was knighted six weeks ago for services to music.

Born with spina bifida and suffering disability all his life, he has been principal conductor at Covent Garden, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Sao Carlo theatre in Naples.

News of his death is circulating among Italian musicians.

UPDATE: His death has been confirmed by his management agency.


  • SergioM says:

    Very sad news. A very underrated conductor

  • Alexander Hall says:

    He was also until his death principal conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker and had given concerts with them in the new Elbphilharmonie, including one with the Philharmonia Chorus, of whom he was their Honorary President.

  • Ungeheuer says:

    Oh no. So very sorry to learn of Tate’s passing. Yes, much underrated as a conductor. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • Jane Ennis says:

    What sad news.

  • SDG says:

    Excellent conductor. Not as well known as he should have been, rather than underrated, if there’s a difference.