We have been informed of the death of Zuzana Růžičková, renowned the world over for her interpretations of Bach and revered by generations of students. Zuzana died early this afternoon in a Prague hospital at the age of 90.
A survivor of the Terezin, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen death camps, she returned to Prague after the war and became the moral conscience of its musical life. Like her husband, the composer Viktor Kalabis, she never joined the Communist Party.
Bach, her refuge from the Nazi horrors, became her haven under Communist tyranny.
She lived quietly in Prague, true to her own lights. In the 1970s she was allowed to record for a western label, Erato, recordings which have recently been reissued by Warner.
The world has lost a great musician, a great teacher, a magnificent human being.
May her soul rest with the immortals.