Quartet leader quits over husband’s illness

Quartet leader quits over husband’s illness


norman lebrecht

February 22, 2021

The violinist Gina McCormack, who joined the Brodsky Quartet just two years ago, has decided to step down. She has diclosed that her husband, Leif, is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and she cannot commit to the Quartet’s busy schedule once concerts start again.


Gina says: ‘Our time together as a quartet was sadly far too short, but I leave with enough fabulous musical and culinary memories to last me a lifetime!’ The Brodskys say: ‘We are immensely sad to be losing Gina. She and Leif will remain at the forefront of our thoughts as they strive to negotiate his illness. Our short time together was hugely productive, rewarding and immensely fun. Gina has left us with many memories and we shall miss her enormously.’

In place of Gina, the Brodskys have recruited Krysia Osostowicz from the Dante String Quartet.



  • christopher storey says:

    This is a cruel thing to happen. I remember her well, and with pleasure, from her years at the Sorrel Quartet, and I hope she will receive support to enable her to cope with her husband’s conition

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Good for you, Gina, and best wishes to you and your husband.

  • Jonathan says:

    I chatted to Gina and enjoyed the concerts when the Brodskys visited us here in September 2019 (with no thought of music making being so disrupted). My best wishes to Gina and Leif, dealing with MND and its uncertainties is hard.

    Also hopes for the rest of the quartet recreating their musical character with a different first violin.