On a day of many deaths, we have just learned of the passing of Gabriel Chmura, one of the finest Polish conductors of recent times.
Born in Wrocław, raised in Israel, Chmura was the first winner of the Herbert von Karajan Competition in 1971.
He went on to serve as music director in Aachen, Bochum, National Arts Center Ottawa and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. At the time of his death he was artistic director of the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and Poznań.
Much recorded on major labels, he was the first to draw attention to the symphonies of Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
May his memory be blessed.