Major loss: One of Russia’s greatest violinists has died, aged 90main
The brilliant and influential violinist Mark Lubotsky died yesterday in Hamburg.
A disciple of David Oistrakh, Mark was chosen by Benjamin Britten to make the first recording of his concerto, and by Alfred Schnittke to premiere several works. He migrated to the Netherlands in the 1970s and enjoyed a considerable international career.
He became a powerful advocate of the music of two Estonians, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt, and was a marvellous teacher, numbering Lisa Batiashvili and Daniel Raiskin among his students.