Death of an American pianist in Paris

Death of an American pianist in Paris


norman lebrecht

November 19, 2022

The Paris-based pianist and vocal coach David Triestram died there this week.

In addition to his recital career, David held senior positions at Santa Fe Opera, Netherlands Opera, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, San Francisco Opera, Virginia Opera and Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.


  • R. Brite says:

    David, who was 73, was a good friend, a delightful accompanist and, by all accounts I’ve heard, an extraordinary coach. He will be greatly missed.

  • william osborne says:

    There were three categories where American classical musicians were most common in Europe: as piano accompanists, performers of new music, and low brass players. The latter possibility (low brass) no longer exists, or only very rarely since there are no longer shortages of these players in Europe. Accompanists and low brass players are positions too often perceived as having lower status which accounts for the openness to a few Americans. New music is generally not appreciated by most classical musicians, so it is often an opening for foreigners.

  • Roberta Alexander says:

    Our friendship, both on and off the podium, spanned 50 years.
    I, and so many others, will miss him greatly. R.I.P dear friend.

    • Patricia OReilly says:

      I will miss him so much. We’ve been friends since we met in High School in 1967. I have the CD you did with David and the magazine with the glowing review. Your performance was wonderful but it was an extra treat to hear David’s voice chime in. We had just talked a few weeks ago. He sounded good and was making plans… I will miss him so much.

  • Maria Ciaccia says:

    David was a dear friend of 50 years, as well as being my opera coach. I treasure the last time I saw him. I know he is at peace.

  • Katherine Olsen says:

    David was a colleague and dear friend for so many years in New York. I always referred to his building as “David’s building.” He leaves a hole in our hearts

  • Howard Haskin, tenor says:

    For 35 years, David and I made music together. He was one of the few exceptional coach/accompanists that existed in the world. We became extremely close friends. I’m glad he is finally at peace!

  • Kenneth Shaw, Bass-baritone says:

    So sad to hear this news. I will remember David from the first years of my career as the coach/accompanist we all called first for our auditions. An exacting musician, both serious and witty. David leaves an indelible impression on those of us fortunate enough to have known him.

  • Julia Keim says:

    David was a cousin and dear friend. Does anyone know of any memorial service? Thank you.