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 Obituary, Anthony Payne (1936-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British composer, whose works included an 'elaboration' of Elgar's unfinished Third Symphony and numerous compositions for his late wife Jane Manning, has died aged 84.

 Obituary, Christa Ludwig (1928-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

One of the most moving and versatile singers of the twentieth century, the great German mezzo-soprano has died aged 93.

 Obituary, Simon Bainbridge (1952-2021)

by Chris O'Reilly

The British composer, whose major works included Spirogyra, Diptych and settings of Primo Levi, has died aged 68.

 Obituary, Jane Manning (1938-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British soprano and contemporary music champion, who premiered works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen and John Cage, has died aged 82.

 Obituary, Yevgeny Nesterenko (1938-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The Russian bass, who was closely associated with the Bolshoi throughout his long career and was particularly acclaimed in Russian repertoire, has died aged 83.

 Obituary, James Levine (1943-2021)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American conductor and pianist, who served as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera for forty years before his career ended amid allegations of sexual abuse, has died aged 77.

 Obituary, Steuart Bedford (1939-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The British conductor and pianist, who worked closely with Benjamin Britten and premiered two of his late major works, has died aged 81.

 Obituary, Osian Ellis (1928-2021)

by Katherine Cooper

The Welsh harpist, whose artistry inspired composers including Benjamin Britten, has died aged 92.

 Obituary, 2020 Goodbyes

by Chris O'Reilly

A short video tribute remembering some of the musicians who died during 2020.

 Obituary, Ivry Gitlis (1922-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, who founded a pioneering festival in the South of France and collaborated with musicians ranging from Jascha Heifetz to The Rolling Stones, has died aged 98.

 Obituary, Claudio Cavina (1962-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Italian countertenor, conductor and co-founder of La Venexiana, whose Monteverdi recordings were particularly acclaimed, has died aged 58.

 Obituary, Julian Bream (1933-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The pioneering British guitarist and lutenist, who catalysed a widespread revival of interest in both instruments and inspired a huge body of new music for guitar, has died aged 87.

 Obituary, Leon Fleisher (1928-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American pianist, who spent much of his career unable to use his right hand due to focal dystonia, has died aged 92.

 Obituary, Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The Oscar-winning Italian composer, whose iconic film scores included A Fistful of Dollars, Cinema Paradiso and The Hateful Eight, has died aged 91.

 Obituary, Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin (1937-2020)

by David Smith

Nikolai Kapustin, pianist-composer known for fusing jazz with classical idioms in works of incredible virtuosic showmanship, has died aged 82.

 Obituary, Ida Haendel (1928-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

Ida Haendel, the Polish-born child prodigy who became known as the 'grande dame of the violin', has died aged 91.

 Obituary, Dame Vera Lynn (1917-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The 'Forces' Sweetheart', whose wartime hits We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover proved an enduring source of comfort for several generations, has died aged 103.

 Obituary, Mady Mesplé (1931-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The French coloratura soprano, who excelled as Delibes's Lakmé and in operetta, has died aged 89.

 Obituary, Gabriel Bacquier (1924-2020)

by Katherine Cooper

The French baritone, who excelled in his native repertoire and as Scarpia and Iago, has died aged 95.

 Obituary, Lynn Harrell (1944-2020)

by Chris O'Reilly

The American cellist, who won two Grammys for his piano trio recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Itzhak Perlman, has died aged 76.