Collapsed maestro is confined to DC for slow recovery

Collapsed maestro is confined to DC for slow recovery


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2019

There has been no official word of Yan-Pascal Tortelier, who was rushed to hospital shortly before his National Symphony Orchestra concert on Thursday night, prompting its cancellation.

The following night’s NSO concert was conducted by the Baltimore assistant, Nick Hersh.

We hope Yan-Pascal, 72 this week, is doing well.

The Besancon Festival has just announced that he won’t take part in pre-selectionn for its conducting competition because he has been ordered to take several days’ rest in Washington before he can fly again.

Yan Pascal Tortelier, souffrant, ne peut prendre part comme il en avait l’intention aux présélections du 56e Concours qui commencent ce 15 avril à Berlin, et se poursuivent à Pékin, Montréal et Besançon. Il devait diriger trois concerts à Washington cette semaine, et doit rester quelques jours encore au repos.



  • Edgar says:

    It looks like his body gave the maestro an unmistakable sign: either you slow down, or we will both die. May recovery be full, after the required time of rest. And may the vital lesson be learned.

  • Joe says:

    We have many fond memories concerts with Maestro Tortelier. Hopefully, he’ll come back soon, good-as-new.

    • Richard Craig says:

      Yes Joe I have very fond memories from his time with the Ulster orchestra and his superb performances he gave I wish him a speedy recovery

  • Christopher Storey says:

    Best wishes to Y-P T for a speedy return to good health