Tragedy: Principal oboe, 26, is killed by a car

Tragedy: Principal oboe, 26, is killed by a car


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2017

The oboe world is in shock at the death of Denisa Bílá, principal oboe of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Denisa was on her way home from rehearsal on Friday when she was hit by a car. She died on her way to hospital.

A former student at the Royal College of Music in London and at CNSMD in Lyon, Denisa was a member of the Czech Philharmonic academy and toured with the Kremerata Baltica before winning the principal seat in Ostrava in 2015. She was highly regarded wherever she played.

Our sympathies to her husband, Simon, her family, colleagues and friends.

The couple had been married for six years.



  • harold braun says:

    Terrible tragedy

  • Ivan Podyomov says:

    Can not believe to this! I have had a chance to give leasons to this wonderful young lady 2 years ado at the ISA Summeracademy near Vienna and was highly impressed by her talent and her nice, curious, modest and warm hearted personality. What a tragedy. I believe that God knows better what is the best for each person, hope he will accept your soul to the best place of the heaven. Rest in peace, dear Denisa.

  • Marc Parella says:

    So sad. I am very sorry to learn this.

  • John Taylor says:

    Very saddened by this news , a wonderful and brilliant oboist, my condolences to her family.

  • Stefan says:

    I can not believe! I playe toghether with her 2 years ago…an amazing person!! I am really in shock!

  • This is a terribly sad news! My condolences to her family and friends.
    Denisa is the prettiest oboe player I have ever seen.

  • Christian Wetzel says:

    Dear Denisa, completely shocked I want to join Ivans words – having tought you at the same ISA – and express my deep sadness about your sudden and not understandable leave from earth! May all your beloved ones, friends and colleagues get enough strength and comfort in theese difficult moments! Rest in peace!!

  • Kremerata Baltica says:

    KREMERATA BALTICA played yestraday a piece in memoriam of our dear friend. In love forever.

  • JC says:

    This is really scary: I had just watched a video featuring the orchestra she played in for the first time and shortly after that, I stumbled upon this by other means. My condolences to her family and friends.