Orchestra founder diesmain
Keith Lau, general manager of the Asian Youth Orchestra, today announced the death of its founder, Richard Pontzious:
Dear AYOers and friends,
It is with deepest sadness and a broken heart that I inform you our beloved Mr. P has left us this morning due to the complication caused by pneumonia.
Over the past 25 years I worked with Mr. P side-by-side in AYO to create special opportunities to the young people. Going through rough time and good time. Experiencing many adventures. Before his departure, Mr. P wished all of the AYOers to carry on his mission to nurture the young people. He wanted to tell you all how much he loved you and missed you. He wanted so much to be there in 2022 to conduct the AYO’s 30th anniversary concert with all of you.
Mr. P is my best friend, my mentor and my boss. Life ahead without him will never be the same.
This was Mr P’s last message, just three days ago: