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Tragedy: ‘Buddha of the double-bass’ leaps to his death

Fernando Grillo, international soloist and head of the double-bass department at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory, has taken his own life in his home town, Perugia. He jumped from a fourth-floor window into an internal courtyard on July 23 and died on impact. He was 67.

Karlheinz Stockhausen used to call him ‘the Buddha of the double-bass’. Italian media crowned him the Paganini of his instrument.

A prolific composer for the instrument, Grillo’s works were published by Schott. Our sympathies to his family, friends and many students.


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  1. Marilyn Crosbie says:

    I am always saddened to hear such news.

  2. Louis Blois says:

    Dear Norman,

    Sad news indeed.

    You may want to post news of the death of Lloyd Moss, beloved announcer at WQXR for many years,


  3. I deeply shocked. Fernando was the Master of the bow.

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