Tragic death of principal oboe, 32

Tragic death of principal oboe, 32


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2019

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.


  • Caravaggio says:

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

  • Jonathan Kelly says:

    This is such terribly sad news – a wonderful talent and a lovely person. Rest In Peace.

  • Sunny92 says:

    [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.

  • Debra says:

    May God’s Blessings be on this talented young man . My condolences to his family and friends .

  • Andrew Swinnerton says:

    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

  • Bruce says:

    How horrible.

  • Claire de Lune says:

    Such a wonderful oboe player. Such a loss to the world. Condolences to his family.

  • John Borstlap says:

    A wonderful player, thus a great loss for music. A very sad story.

  • José says:

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

  • John Smith says:

    You have no respect.

  • Michael R says:

    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.

  • Dlav Tupin says:

    “In much greater likelyhood, you were thrown out of the Kremlin for farting out loud…”

  • Chris says:

    Totally inappropriate posting in these tragic circumstances. Why do it?

  • Benedek Kalnoky says:

    Working with him was my most professional experience as a sound engineer.