US music director, 68, dies of heart attack

US music director, 68, dies of heart attack

Orchestras

norman lebrecht

July 23, 2021

We have been informed of the death of Guido Lamell, music director since 2012 of the Santa Monica Symphony in his home town.

Beside that, Guido has been a well-liked violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1979.

 

Comments

  • Samantha says:

    Incredibly sad news. I didn’t know Guido personally, but was a colleague of his daughter’s the last few years, and it was clear from the way she spoke about him that he was a wonderfully kind and loving person, in addition to being a talented artist.

  • CarlD says:

    Big loss for the Santa Monica — easily the best community-based orchestra I have heard — and also the LA Phil. Guido was a beloved and colorful fellow. He will be missed sorely and long remembered locally.

  • Guido was one of the loveliest persons I ever knew. Always curious and interested in every aspect of music. He will be dearly missed.

  • Linda Etter says:

    I knew Guido at the University of Michigan, always enjoying his high spirits and violin skills. This is very sad. My condolences to all the musicians who worked with him.

  • Larry W says:

    Guido was a true ambassador for classical music, genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about his craft. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughters Brooke and Rachel, and his brothers Arpi and Tony Lamell. I will miss him.

  • Larry W says:

    Guido was a true ambassador for classical music, genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about his craft. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

  • Jack_Ewing says:

    Another victim of the “vaccine”. When will they ever learn? Israel — the poster child for COVID-19 vaccination — has seen a horrible rise in cases. Most of the people testing positive are vaccinated according to The Washington Post.

  • Krys Pawlus says:

    I am unbelievably saddened by the untimely and shocking passing of this wonderful and talented man. I rarely missed one of his concerts. He connected so warmly with his audience. It was evident that he loved conducting the SMSO. I spoke with Guido a number of times over the years after his concerts and he was always warm and gracious and quite funny. It was also fun seeing him in his other role as a violinist at the LA Phil. Because of his friendships with his fellow musicians at the LA Phil, he was able to convince some outstanding musicians to play for free at many SMSO concerts (which are performed free of charge). Santa Monica has lost a wonderful human being and artist who brought so much joy to our community. He will be sorely missed.

  • Fiddleman says:

    I am shocked and very saddened to hear this terrible news. Guido was my teacher for a short time many years ago in Louisville. At the time he was the assistant concertmaster of the orchestra there. He was an incredibly gifted violinist as well as a full blooded musician. His enthusiasm was infectious.

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