Here are some that have reached me from around the world:
tragedy that has occurred this past week in Japan. Yakov and I worked
together in Germany, playing the Mendelssohn Concerto 3 times around
He was bright, energetic and a young conductor very much on the rise.
His heart seemed to move in rhythm with the music…..
God bless and may he rest in peace.
I’m deeply saddened by the news of the premature demise of my friend and colleague, Yakov Kreizberg.
He was such an inspirational musician, one could easily describe him as having “the Midas Touch”: whatever symphonic repertoire he approached was turned into GOLD: as fresh as if recreated then, by Yakov’s deep understanding of his main instrument, the Orchestra.
On the other hand only last summer though, I was astonished to hear him playing the piano in a small festival in France: a note perfect rendition of a Brahms Sonata with Julia Fischer, which he also played mostly by heart! Conductors are not supposed to plat THAT well anything else…
His cunning and humour were great assets for a companion at dinner table following a performance; lastly but not least his positive attitude to life — an inspiration to a realist Brazilian, like me!
The few concerts we did together — actually both in works by Rachmaninov with the BSO in Bournemouth & Amsterdam, and the Maggio Musicale in Firenze — were among the very best-ever musical ‘ententes’ that I ever experienced.
I have no words to explain how great a loss, that someone so talented and still so young has been taken from us that early: apart from his music making, I’ll never forget his warmth as a human being or his oh-so-tight hug each time we met: I SO need one now, dearest Yakov!