News from around the world

April 2023 Obituaries

Our summary of those the
classical music world has lost this month


Here are brief details of some of the people lost to the classical music world during April 2023. May they rest in peace.

German composer and teacher Manfred Weiss died in Dresden on 25 April 2023, aged eighty-eight.

Italian composer and teacher Sergio Rendine died in Pescara on 21 April 2023, aged sixty-eight.

British composer, conductor, record producer and administrator David Ellis died on 20 April 2023, aged ninety, following a fall.

French ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher Pierre Lacotte died in La Seyne-sur-Mer on 10 April 2023, aged ninety-one.

Croatian cellist and teacher Valter Dešpalj died on 9 April 2023, aged seventy-five.

German dramaturg, journalist, librettist and opera manager Andreas Meyer died on 8 April 2023, aged sixty-four.

Italian Economist and music reviewer, our friend and colleague Giuseppe Pennisi passed away in Rome on the morning of 8 April 2023, aged eighty-one, following a long illness. Giuseppe had written for this magazine extensively since December 2009. He also contributed to most of our interactive video newsletters during 2021 and 2022.

Giuseppe Pennisi (centre) with his family in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi (centre) with his family in Rome


Spanish tenor Pedro Lavirgen died on 2 April 2023, aged ninety-two.

Pedro Lavirgen (1930-2023)
Pedro Lavirgen (1930-2023)

Posted 10 April 2023 and last updated 9 May 2023 by Keith Bramich



 << Home              More news >>