The composer Brett Dean, a former violist in the Berlin Philharmonic, has tested positive for the virus on returning to Australia from a visit to Taiwan.
Dean, 58, is composer of the operas Bliss, and Hamlet.
His agency has issued this statement:
Intermusica can confirm that Brett Dean has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as of 5 March.
Brett is currently receiving treatment in hospital in Adelaide.
Intermusica, along with Brett’s publishers Boosey & Hawkes, have taken the necessary steps to inform all those who have worked with Brett in the last 14 days, further to NHS advice and SA Health Australia.
Our thoughts are with Brett at this difficult time and we wish him well in his recovery.