Breaking: Bashmet is in hospital with Covid-19

Breaking: Bashmet is in hospital with Covid-19


norman lebrecht

September 29, 2020

The Russian viola virtuoso and conductor Yuri Bashmet has pulled out of a national tour with a youth orchestra and been taken to hospital with Covid.

Whether others around him were infected has not been disclosed.

Bashmet, 67, is on the verge of the high-risk group.

We wish him better.

He is the second Russian musical star to be hospitalised with Covid, after Anna Netrebko.




  • Karl says:

    According to the Mayo Clinic age 67 is a high risk group:
    “In the U.S., about 80% of deaths from the disease have been in people age 65 and older. ”

  • Hal Sacks says:

    Guess he didn’t get Putin’s vaccine in time.

  • vlad says:

    Ildar Abdrazakov’s covid was announced before netrebko, unless you don’t consider him a “Russian musical star”

  • Jean says:

    Pretty remarkable statistics for a country that declared Covid-19 as God’s punishment for Russia’s enemies…

  • Larry W says:

    Terrible news. Yuri Bashmet has made huge contributions to music and the viola. May he make a speedy and full recovery.

    • Dave says:

      Absolutely…so many invaluable artists. I am so worried Martha will catch something too as she is performing a bit more these days…

  • alex piantedoux says:

    In the viola world he is a Titanic figure. As a musician he partnered with the most respected instrumentalist, and many composers write for him…hope he can recover soon and well.

  • ABP says:

    He has for long time underlined health problems.