Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, the outstanding Danish cellist, has died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught until 2006. He was 79.
Bengtsson recorded mostly for the national label Danacord and was not the most charismatic performer, but he was revered internationally as a teacher and a modest role model. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Bengtsson with Witold Lutoslawski, backstage in Oslo after performing his concerto. Lutoslawski conducting.