Tributes pour in for tragic Russian soloist

Tributes pour in for tragic Russian soloist


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2020

There is an outpouring of grief for the Russian cellist Alexander (Sasha) Bouzlov, who died today of a blood clot, aged 37.

Here are some first respondents.

Julian Rachlin: My dearest Sasha, one of the greatest cellists to ever live, and a most kind and loving soul to match. We had so many plans that we were looking forward to… and the realization that we will never make music together again hurts too much to face. I love you and will be forever grateful to have known you. Until we meet again.

Kian Soltani: Alexander Buzlov Nothing but respect for this brilliant musician and cellist who left us way too soon. Many condolences to his close friends and family. Let’s honor him by remembering his great artistry.

Marc Coppey: Devastating and unbelievable news. Alexander Buzlov is no longer with us. We just lost a wonderful man and a great cellist.
All my compassion and loving thoughts to his wife, dearest Alissa Margulis and to his daughter.

Denis Matsuev (on tour in Japan): It can’t get my head around it. No way. News that comes with a terrifying frequency this year. Just a nightmare. And the passing of one of the most amazing musicians in his generation Sasha Buzlov causes, I think that I’m not the only one, not the shock, not the lack of understanding, but simply rejection. I just physically can’t make myself believe it. It must be a mistake. I’ve known him from the moment they came to us in ′′ New Names ′′ as a 11 year old boy. And it was immediately clear that this was a great talent. Sasha has a three-year-old daughter who will know her dad, unfortunately, only by the memories of his family, friends and performances. Unbearable.
Our last performance of the Tchaikovsky trio at the Chelyabinsk music festival was at its very point. And will forever remain in my heart. Cello is not an easy tool. If the pianists and violinists are used to solo artists, only the only ones from cellists managed to build a successful career as a soloist. Sasha was a musician from God, his sound was absolutely unique and instantly recognizable. You could not rehearse with him, he had this feeling of elbow in the ensemble, such a sense of understanding of the partner. He was a great artist and romantic. The kindest person. With a unique smile. With a stunning sense of humor. You could talk to him on any subject, he was very erudite, read a lot of philosophy books, could support a conversation on any subject. An extraordinary personality. I write ′′ been ′′ and still don’t understand how it’s possible. Can’t say anything else. Absolute emptiness.
My most sincere and deepest condolences to family and friends.

Sarah McElravy: Dearest Sasha… how is it possible? No words can express this loss.

Aylen Pritchin: Can’t hold back the tears. Incredibly beautiful, kind, sensitive person, friend, musician.

Benedict Klöckner: RIP Sasha Buzlov, incredible cellist, best Borat imitator ever and man with very big heart.

Jura Margulis: With the greatest sadness and in shock we say Rest In Peace to a brother in law, a husband, a father, a son, a friend, a greatest musical talent, a phenomenal virtuoso, man and cellist
our Sasha Buzlov … at a loss for words …

Daniel Müller-Schott: Impossible to believe that the fantastic cellist and dear colleague Alexander Buzlov is not with us anymore. My deepest empathy, condolences and thoughts go to Alissa Margulis, their child and families. My heart is broken. Sasha will always be remembered and his legacy lives on.

Emanuele Rigamonti: Sasha Buzlov, uno dei più grandi violoncellisti giovani del nostro tempo ci ha lasciati questa mattina. Pochi sanno, nessuno ne parla! È un grandissimo lutto nel mondo della musica.

Didier Castell-Jacomin: un hommage a Sasha Buzlov superbe violoncelliste russe, ami de beaucoup de mes amis, qui vient d’etre emporté a l’age de 37 ans par un AVC. Toutes mes pensees vont vers ses amis et son epouse Alissa Margulis. Que cette belle ame repose en paix et rejoigne l’universel. Nous avons le privilege d’etre encore la, alors, essayons de nous battre pour faire vivre ces pages geniales de nos compositeurs, qu’il savait si bien defendre.

Alessio Bax: So heartbroken to hear about the sudden passing of Alexander Buzlov. He was an extraordinary cellist and human being. I will miss his sense of humor, his vivid intellect and his sound among many other things. Rest in Peace, dear Sasha.


  • Occamsrazor says:

    Very sad to hear.Blood clots at that age usually come in powder form.

    • Sam McElroy says:

      How can this vile comment be allowed to remain? Do you have any clue as to how Sasha’s friends and family are suffering right now from this tragedy?

  • cclough says:

    Rest in Peace Champ…


    So often it is the most gifted among us who depart from us all too soon. I raise and Cross my sacred goblet of wine to your elestial eternity!

  • JK says:

    Wow what great playing and sound. I’d never heard of him or seen him before but after seeing this video it also makes me very sad that he is no longer with us. How devastating this must be for his young family. RIP

  • Philippe Muller says:

    The death of Alexander Buzlov deprives the world of the cello of one its most brilliant representatives. It’s too sad !

  • Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny says:

    Very sad news. A great loss in the world of the cello. Sacha was one of the greatest cellists of all the times. My condolences to his wife, child and family. R.I.P

  • Conrad van Alphen says:

    Completely shocked and devastated!! We were so much looking forward to your performance with Sinfonia Rotterdam a few months ago and simply cant believe that that joy will never return. Sincerest condolences to your family and may you Rest in Peace dearest Alexander.

  • Nick says:

    Nightmare!!!!! Not to be believed! Great guy, wonderful musician. Cannot imagine what family must be going through. 37 years old!

  • I can’t believe that we lost our friend an amazing musician from god, will never forget our concerts together and a lot of beautiful times. My heart is broken.

  • Rest In Peace my friend!!!