A maestro in recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma

A maestro in recovery from Hodgkin lymphoma


norman lebrecht

October 01, 2017

The Venezuelan-born Carlos Izcaray, music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, has been talking of his secret struggle this past year with a rare blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.

After surgery and during chemotherapy, he was advised to rest. Carlos, 39, carried on conducting.

He has now been given the all-clear, but his wife, Yolanda, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. ‘That was right at the end of my treatment,’ says Carlos. ‘So she’s going through hers now. She’s having a very positive response. Fortunately, the medical community here is as strong as anywhere.’

We wish them well.

Carlos is a survivor of torture by the Venezuelan regime.

Read full interview here.