Tragic death of principal oboe, 32

We have been informed of the death of Samuel Bastos, principal cor anglais and assistant principal oboe of the Zurich Opera orchestra.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Samuel, from Barcelos, North Portugal, joined European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) at age 17, moving on to the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester.

He had an international solo career and was a a founding member of Da Capo,  the Portuguese music magazine.

Our sympathies to his loved ones.

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  • Awful news and terribly tragic. So many talented people dying so young, so prematurely. Something amiss and very wrong.

  • [redacted] The reasons are not clear yet. Whatever happened this is just terrible news and we are all shocked… He was such a wonderful person and musician. RIP.

  • Devastating news, I had the great fortune to be one of his teachers and his brilliant career was a benchmark for every Portuguese student oboist . RIP Samuel

  • Numa circunstância como esta, pede-se uma postagem que faça algum sentido.
    Paz à alma de Samuel e sentidos pêsames à família.

  • I met Samuel on his return from the Barbirolli competition in 2014. He was likeable and a gentleman. A sad loss to his profession. My condolences to his family and friends.

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