Maestros mourn an LA livewire

Maestros mourn an LA livewire


norman lebrecht

July 12, 2019

We have been notified of the passing, after a long illness, of Jerry Epstein, violist in the LA Philharmonic for 43 years.

He had also been a founder member of the Midnight String Quartet.

Jerry was 72.

Read some of his lovely stories here.

Message from Evan N. Wilson:

My brother-in-law, Jerry Epstein -literally my brother and best friend for 35 years, my favorite playing partner passed away this afternoon at 4:30 PM Los Angeles time. I weep because the world has lost a kind and gentle soul and I have lost a piece of my heart.


  • Larry W says:

    Jerry was a true advocate for music and musicians. Condolences to Rebecca Dru and Evan Wilson.

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    My condolences to his family. Jerry was a truly wonderful guy and terrific violist.

  • Paul Stein says:

    I enjoyed Jerry as a colleague for many years. He was a great musician and brought warmth and humor into a great symphony orchestra. I’m glad he got to enjoy his retirement.

  • Shari Rosemblat says:

    Jerry was a wonderful musician great husband and wonderful father and friend
    He always had kind words and warmth for all who spent time with him