Leading gambist dies of Covid

Leading gambist dies of Covid


norman lebrecht

March 07, 2021

The distinguished Cuban-American early musician Jose Vasquez, viol player and curator of the Orpheon Foundation instrument collection, has died of the pandemic, the foundation has announced.

Raised in Chicago, Vasquez taught performance practice in Switerland and was professor for viola da gamba at the University of Music in Vienna.



  • Ricardo says:

    🙁 Lovely man and superb musician and gamba player. Was fortunate to work with him in two occasions with my group Bare Barokk. He was intense and friendly and had inmense knowledge. His seminar with a group of kids from our region a few years ago will stay in my memory as an inspiring event. I’m sorry I will never see him and enjoy his company again. Rest in peace maestro.

  • Sorry he did not die on Covid. He was ill for quite some time with something else. Auto immune .etc… he was a good friend. We will miss his company, friendlyness and knowledge. He will stay with us in our hearts.