Sudden death of Martha’s close friend

Sudden death of Martha’s close friend


norman lebrecht

July 03, 2020

The son of Rosana Martins has reported her death of a massive heart attack. ‘She did not suffer,’ he says.

Rosana, a pianist, was a close companion of Nelson Freire and Martha Argerich. She accompanied Nelson on tour and was often seen with Martha – posting this picture as recently as four weeks ago.


She was much loved wherever music is played.

The funeral is today at the at the São João Batista cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.


  • Rosana was the eternal and closest companion to Nelson Freire for many decades. Last I saw her was during my entire South American tour with the Russian National Orchestra, 10 years ago, to which I had invited Nelson to be the soloist in several Mozart concertos. Rosana was the moist selfless, dedicated friend.

  • Stephen Delroy says:

    I have been a friend of Rosana and all her family for many years although I am not a carioca and do not live in Brasil. Although she had significant cardiac issues she took great care of her health. On my previous trip to Rio her Mother passed away and I did attend her funeral and remembrance. Unfortunately with COVID attendance at her funeral was impossible. May she rest in peace – the will be missed.