Covid kills Moscow composer, 76

Covid kills Moscow composer, 76


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2020

Friends have reported the death of Alexander Vustin, a composer much performed by Gidon Kremer and Vladimir Jurovsky.

Vustin was a modernist who frequently composed in a serial style that felt somehow ironic and contrmporary. He wrote many works for orchestra nad chorus, none of them designated as symphonies or concertos.

He was his own man.

Jurovsky said: ‘We only knew each other for about five years, but I seem to have known him all my life. He was a man of unique spiritual qualities and a composer of a unique gift.’

There are reports that Vustin’s son Yuri is seriously ill with Covid-19.


  • Dr Tara Wilson says:

    A composer with integrity and a quiet gentleman. Let’s hope that his son, Yuri, pulls through

  • Small Publisher says:

    This is quite sad. I had the pleasure of briefly corresponding with Vustin on publishing and distributing in the US a short bassoon solo piece he had written for Valery Popov.

  • T Wilson says:

    RIP – he was a kind and generous man with his time and support, and his music had enormous integrity.