German musician dies at Covid demonstration

German musician dies at Covid demonstration


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2022

German media are reporting the death of the medieval instrument player Boris Pfeiffer, who collapsed four days ago during an impromptu anti-vax demonstration in his home town of Wandlitz. He was among some 200 people walking towards a police line.

Pfeiffer, who was 53, is reported to have been stricken by a heart attack.

He was performing with the In Extremo band, where he played bagpipes, shawms and nyckelharpa.

The band issued this statement: ‘It is with dismay and regret that we learned of the death of our long-time companion Boris. 24 years together on stage was more than just a moment. Our thoughts are with his family! We hope you are doing well where you are now!.’

Police statement:



  • Gustavo says:

    Doesn’t sound as if he collapsed during the performance – unless he was playing à la pied piper of Hamelin:

    “…a man (53) tried to break through a police chain. Officials took the personal data. He collapsed on the way to his car.”

  • Nick Kalogeresis says:

    Looks like Covid got him after all.

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    Heart disease still kills but it is very treatable and preventable. It sounds like this guy could care less about his body until problems caught up with him.