Lustrous cellist falls to cancer

The Bulgarian-born US cellist Petia Kassarova, a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, has succumbed to cancer.

Music Director David Alan Miller writes: ‘I am simply heartbroken that my dear friend, Petia Kassarova, died today after her long battle with cancer. Petia was a superstar member of our Albany Symphony cello section for many years. She was a brilliant artist and teacher, and one of the most thoughtful, gentlest people I have known. She had a kind word for everyone, and the most encouraging, radiant smile. It simply lit up the room. Our love goes out to her devoted, loving husband, Krassimir. She will always be in our hearts, and when we are together again on stage, we will play for her.’


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  • I had the pleasure of knowing and performing with Petia, and am friends with her husband Krassimir Ivanov.

    Here is just one example of her playing, in this instance as principal cello (I am on contrabassoon):

    She will be missed.

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