Spanish orchestras mourn bass trombone, 52

The orchestras of Galicia and Castilla y Leon have posted performance video clips of Petur Eiriksson, their former bass trombone who died last week of cancer.

Petur, an Icelander who studied in Boston, leaves many friends around the world.


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  • Petur was a lovely, lovely man. A true gentleman and a fantastic musician. This is very sad news, and my thoughts are with his family.

  • Nooo!!! He was a legend and a very great player! Still remeber when he was guesting many times in Finnish Radio Symphony a few years ago. R.I.P. Petur!

  • Pétur was an exceptional player and person. He studied with me in the early 1990s at New England Conservatory when I was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony; he was a tremendously hard working, disciplined, and insightful musician who positively affected all whose lives intersected with his. He has left us much too early but those of us who had the joy of playing and sharing life together with him will never forget his influence on us and so many others. Prayers offered to his family.

  • We’ve truly lost someone special. When Petur was admitted to the hospital this last time, in late Jan., a group of about 60 brass players from across Spain gathered under his hospital window and played for him. James Ross, a longtime friend and colleague, conducted. It was heartfelt and moving. Excerpts from cell phone clips of this can be seen at the end of the video Norman posted.

  • So sad to read of talent being snuffed out ahead of its time
    RIP young man (he was still relatively young)

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