These we have lost in 2018

These we have lost in 2018


norman lebrecht

December 19, 2018

It has been a year of sad and sudden departures, many of them far too young:


Noam Sheriff


Oliver Knussen

Dieter Schnebel

Glen Roven

Martin Dalby

Milko Kelemen

Bo Nilsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson, 48

Matt Marks, 38

Daniel Barkley, 28



Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Enoch zu Guttenberg

Jesús López Cobos

Jean-Claude Malgoire

Harold Farberman

Edward Simons, 101


Violinists, violists:

Wanda Wilkomirska


Levine Andrade

Anshel Brusilow

Herman Krebbers

Michael Tree

Didier Lockwood

Nina Beilina



Philip De Groote

Jean Grout

Nelson Cooke



Ivan Davis

Lívia Rév, 101




Montserrate Caballe

Claudio Desderi

Maxim Mikhailov

Sylvia Geszty

Carlo Cava

Teo Maiste



Music biz:

Charles Hamlen

Lee Lamont

Robert Rattray

Olimpia Gineri




  • John Nelson says:

    Also the Russian soprano Valentina Levko!

  • A P Hogbin says:

    Didn’t see Caballe mentioned among the singers!

  • John McMurray says:

    Robert Rattray

  • Tom Seligman says:

    Amongst composers, also the wonderful Alan Charlton, as you reported a few months back.

  • YB Schragadove says:

    Let’s not forget pianist Igor Zhukov.

  • anon says:

    Richard Hundley among composers

  • V.Lind says:

    And yet the musical death that will resonate the most this year is probably that of Aretha Franklin.

  • We value your privacy says:

    Still a few days to go, though. On my calendar, 2018 ends on 31 December, at midnight.

  • Abbado'14 says:

    Caballé is the first one mentioned…

  • Herbert von Solti says:

    Maestro Claudio Scimone???

  • Kevin Scott says:

    No mention of George Walker.


    Ave atque vale Richard Gill OA, Australian conductor and music educator…

  • Byrwec Ellison says:

    Also the wonderful French tenor and character role actor Michel Sénéchal on April 1, age 91

  • Joel says:

    Other important names in the classical and opera world that left us in this 2018: José Antonio Abreu, Huguette Tourangeau, Sergio Segalini, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Hubert Delamboye, Tito Capobianco, Audrey Stottler… to name only a few.