Monteux School mourns its music director

Monteux School mourns its music director


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2022

The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival has announced the death of its veteran music director, Michael Jinbo.

Michael, who suffered a brain haemorrhage on Saturday, had been in charge for 30 years.

The statement reads:

We are shocked and saddened to announce
that Michael Jinbo died late this morning
following a brain hemorrhage on Saturday.
Joe Klapatch and his family were with him at the end.
More to come as we learn more.
We do expect that the festival will proceed this coming summer with guest conductors and teachers
to be announced in the near future.
As ever,
Phil Devenish, President of the Board of Trustees



  • Rob says:

    Another victim of the experiment ?

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    This is so sudden and tragic. Michael was so admired and respected among conductor colleagues. He was a a very special and kind person. We met only one time when he was a finalist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra some twenty years ago. We did a couple of pieces, I remember Ellen Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy as one. he took the score and made it fresh, new and as if it had been a staple in the repertoire. The orchestra enjoyed him and responded as such. His many students will forever be embraced by his tutelage and mentorship. Godspeed to everyone who remained close to him over the years. Life well lived, my friend.