The never-ending musical toll of Covid-19

The never-ending musical toll of Covid-19


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2021

The following musicians have died of Covid-19:

246 Saxophonist Eulalio ‘Sax’ Cervantes, 52

247 Czech jazz composer  Antonín Bílý, 81

248 Russian bass Yevgeny Nesterenko, 83

249 Spanish Trumpeter Cristián Cuturrufo, 48

250 Russian choreographer Vladimir Kirsanov, 73

251 New York Times music desk facilitator Gail Slatter, 68

252 Irish pianist Breda Delaney, 85

253 French harpsichordist Francois Grenier, 39

254 Blues musician Merv Tremblay, 59

255 Washington conductor Leonid Shulman, 89

Previous toll here.



  • Mike says:

    Why do you say Cuturrufo is Spanish when the article clearly states he is Chilean? Do you seriously not know the difference? Shameful.

  • The Chilean Cuturrufo as “Spanish”? Norman, you need to slightly update your info… just 203 YEARS!, haha… Greetings from central Chile (Concepción city, founded by the Spaniards in 1550).

  • Zefrench says:

    François Grenier did not die of Covid, he comitted suicide because of all the concert cancellations.

  • Patricia says:

    Slippedisc is missing Spanish soprano and actress Adela Estévez, who died last March, 17th after 4 months in hospital. Adela was 58 and is deeply mourned by colleges and performing arts community. She was also founder of diario lírico (

  • Zandonai says:

    “Art is Work”? Today more appropriately, “Art is Woke”.