Russian conductor dies with Covid

Russian conductor dies with Covid


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2021

The emigre conductor Leonid Shulman has died at the Arlington Hospital Center, Virginia, from COVID-19. He was 89.

A graduate of the Musin-Rabinovich factory at the Leningrad Conservatoire, he conducted every form of ensemble from symphony to balalaika.

The Washington Post has an obit today.



  • Brian says:

    Only 89. Taken in his prime… It is hard to feel the natural sorrow at the report of someone’s death when it is used as a political tool to drive the COVID narrative. People die all the time, and he had passed the average life expectancy for men in the US by more than a decade.

    • Sharon says:

      If it were your parent, grandparent, or spouse, or yourself you might feel a little differently. My parents are 87 and 89 years old and I would feel cheated and untimely orphaned if they, may G*d forbid, died of Covid

      • Brian says:

        I have sympathy for the death, but something is going to kill you. The likelihood is that COVID finished off someone was was already knocking at death’s door.

        • Stuart says:

          possibly some truth in your argument, but then, why say it. Cold and unnecessary, yes? After a year of pandemic, one wouldn’t think the Covid narrative needs pushing. A lot of people died and are dying, young and old, who would not have died at that time if not for the pandemic taking hold. One sadness of our age is how some see politics in everything. A pretty shallow existence.

          • Brian says:

            Why say “Conductor dies with Covid?” It is sad that he died, but apparently that isn’t enough. It is the using of a person’s death to continue pushing the idea that we are all doomed to COVID that I object to. A year later we see that COVID kills almost exclusively people who are already in poor health. We have destroyed our institutions, our country, our young people, and many lives for a lie that continues to be told.

          • Stuart says:

            When you are in a hole, stop digging. Covid hasn’t been handled well either in the US or the UK, but conspiracy theories aside (and I am not a subscriber of that rubbish) no one who is in the least credible is saying that we are doomed. Nothing has been destroyed except perhaps in your mind. Yes, many mistakes were made and views about “the science” shifted as we learned more about the virus. But don’t turn it into something that it isn’t. A conductor died from Covid – that was the core of the original post.

          • BruceB says:

            …so instead you push the lie that whoever-is-in-charge-of-such-things is “pushing the idea that we are all doomed to COVID.” Nobody’s pushing that idea, but it’s important to the anti-whateverers that somebody must be pushing it, so they insist that it’s being pushed.

            Fine. You have fun with that. Just be aware that it isn’t at all hard to see through.

  • Man Behind the Curtain says:

    Any death is COVID. Don’t question it. Get the vaccine.