Janos Starker, one of the greatest cellists of all time, died in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he had been a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs Memorial School of Music since 1958. He was a distinguished teacher and prolific recording artist, who played principal cello in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five seasons during the 1950s.
The tenth death anniversary of Nina Simone, the black American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist, falls on 21st February 2013. She was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina. She was a classically trained pianist, who made her name in the world of jazz and blues. Her famous songs are legion but include ‘Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood’, ‘Sinnerman’, ‘I Put a Spell on You’.
Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, is being treated in hospital after an attack outside his Moscow home around midnight last night.
A man approached and flung acid in his face, before running off. Motive and identity are unknown. Filin, 43, suffered third-degree burns and doctors are working to save his eyesight. A former stage star, he was promoted to artistic director in March 2011. Read more here.
LEBRECHT MUSIC & ARTS has 1872 images relating to Verdi and his works and 2459 of Wagner and his works for this special 200 birth anniversary year of these two famous opera composers. And Lebrecht Music and Arts is the photo library with the most images for Verdi and Wagner. The Verdi anniversary is in October 2013 and Wagner is in May 2013.
As always we don’t just have images of Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner but every musician they knew and fought with, all their friends and lovers, everywhere they lived, whatever they read and wore, their favourite places in the world. We also have their manuscript scores, original programmes, period ephemera, opera scenes, paintings of themes related to their great musical works, buildings and backdrops, unusual instruments – you hum it, we’ve got it (or we’ll do our best to find it).
It is with great regret that we share news of the death last night of Zsuzsi Roboz, a close friend and one of the finest portrait artists in Britain over the past half-century.
Zsuzsi arrived here from Budapest in 1947, a survivor of Fascism and Communism. She found her way into the Korda film studios and eventually, after studies with Pietro Annigoni, became an insightful portrait painter in London – chiefly of leading musicians, dancers, actors and writers.
Her connection with fellow-artists in all genres was innate and, in all senses, comfortable.
To sit for Zsuzsi was to be yourself. Her work hangs in the Tate, National Portrait Gallery and other important collections.
We grieve her loss and will remember her always with a smile.
Zsuzsi Roboz – portrait in Soho
‘Sir Georg Solti, Liszt’s Faust Symphony.’
Harold Pinter in Beckett ‘s ‘Krapp ‘s Last Tape’
Seamus Heaney with ‘Stepping Stones’
Berthold Goldschmidt in studio of Zsuzsi Roboz seeing her portrait of him for first time.
Vidal Sassoon, the English hairdresser who was famous for his geometric hairstyles of the 1960s, died on 9 May 2012. He rose from poverty, spending some of his childhood in an orphanage in Maida Vale, London and rose to huge acclamation and financial success. He died in Los Angeles.
Vidal Sassoon, photographed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 21 August 2010
Youssou N’Dour, singer, is putting his music career on hold to enter politics prior to preseidential elections in his native Senegal next February. ‘I will free myself of all artistic commitments from 2 January next year to enter the political arena. For me, there are two Senegals. The Senegal of the have-nots and Senegal of the haves. My concern is the Senegal of the have-nots’.
Youssou N’Dour is best known for his songs which are resonant of Senegal’s traditional mbalax music.
The British director, Ken Russell, died aged 84 on 27 November 2011. Russell made his name with a series of works about great composers – Elgar, Delius, Richard Strauss and more – and is best known for this iconic feature films Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971) and Tommy (1975), which had an assertive music component and uncomplicated narrative line.
Our photographers have captured portraits of the director as well as images of his version of the Gilbert & Sullivan opera,’Princess Ida’, performed at ENO in 1992.
The ‘Face to Face’ exhibition of British author portraits by Lebrecht Authors’ artist Zsuzsi Roboz is opening to the public on 26th October at Messum’s Gallery in Cork Street, London.
Zsuzsi Roboz first came to the UK in 1947 from Hungary, and is a formidable portrait artist. When we launched our website Author Pictures at Lebrecht in 2008 we asked Zsuzsi to paint portraits of the leading British writers. She was hugely enthusiastic about this suggestion. Zsuzsi Roboz has succeeded by charm and force of character to persuade many of the country’s most formidable authors, as well as some of the most charming, to sit for her – ‘face to face’ – and the result is an extraordinary study of the inner lives of British authors today. They include contemporary British writers such as PD James, Coim Tobin, Faye Weldon, Edna O’Brien, Josephine Hart, Philip Pullman – all now available on our website.