Yo Yo Ma ensemble member dies of Covid, aged 61

Yo Yo Ma ensemble member dies of Covid, aged 61


norman lebrecht

December 05, 2020

From the Lebanese National Conservatoire:

With a heavy heart, we are sorry to inform you all that our beloved Conservatory’s President Bassam Saba passed away at 11:40am Beirut time due to COVID complications.

Bassam Saba was a multi-instrumentalist who worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Kristjan Järvi, Sting, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. He was an outstanding educator in Middle Eastern music.


  • mp says:

    The finest, most gracious, humble master and mentor you’ll ever meet. I feel grateful for the time with him. I learned so much and carry his teachings into my music every day. He gave so much to the world and had so much more work to do. This is very sad.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    The world can ill afford to lose master musicians, of which this man was obviously one. RIP.

  • dd says:

    as an aside:
    August 26, 2020, the CDC had released data3 showing 94% of people who had died during the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. died “with” the virus, not “from” it.
    Only 6% had COVID-19 listed as the sole cause of death on the death certificate.
    Hence, the real death toll, those who unarguably died as a direct result of the infection, is only around 10,000.

    “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the CDC stated.
    This is an important distinction. Yet mainstream media continues to report that nearly 200,000 have died “from” COVID-19 in the U.S, thereby increasing national fear so they can implement their lockdowns and other strategies to limit our personal freedoms and liberty.[…]

  • Norma says:

    So sad what a loss, Please adhere to safety guidelines .Your Music must be heard