We are sorry to hear of the death in Amsterdam of the composer René Samson, after suffering a heart attack while riding his bike.
René was 71.
Born into a Jewish family in Surinam, he worked as a chemist for Shell, studying various instruments in his spare time until, at 40, he became a fulltime composer. His works were mostly for chamber ensembles.
The last one listed is a Lieder cycle, The Scent of Pink.
Photo © Jean van Lingen / Working Group Caribbean Arts