A conductor writes: I am very seriously ill

A conductor writes: I am very seriously ill


norman lebrecht

August 02, 2020

The Viennese conductor Roberto Paternostro has posted the following:

I’ve been getting a lot of messages and well wishes lately.
Yes, yes. Unfortunately I am very seriously ill.
The next few months will be a tough fight against the disease and I’m confident I’m winning.
This is how life changes from today to tomorrow.
Thank you very much again!


He added:

The good news: Survived the first surgery and first chemotherapy. Unfortunately it continues… but I’m struggling!!

Paternostro, 63, was General Music Director of the Württembergische Philharmonie from 1991 to 2000 and from 1997 to 2007 at the State Theatre in Kassel. He was Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 2009 to 2013 and has a far-flung international freelance career.

We wish him a speedy recovery.




  • Oded Zehavi says:

    A serious musician and very animated man. Heavy smoker though….

  • Been Here Before says:

    Wishing Roberto Paternostro all the best! I would recommend his excellent Bruckner cycle to everybody. Hopefully he will get better soon and many more people will get to know his work.

  • Cubs Fan says:

    I hope he recovers from whatever ailment he has. Sounds serious. Fine conductor. Made a terrific set of Bruckner symphonies that should be better known.

  • Jobim75 says:

    His low cost Bruckner cycle on cd has a genuine breathing.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    All best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, Maestro!!

  • Very good conductor.
    I heard him in Santiago doing Bruckner’s 6th and Wagner’s C major Symphony.

    Wishing him a full recovery.

  • simon says:

    Interesting, if flawed, Wagner recordings with the great Dame Gwyneth Jones. Will investigate his Bruckner based on comments above. Recover well and soon.

  • Gustavo says:

    I like his Mahler 9 with Bundesjugendorchester!

  • Bruce says:

    Best wishes.