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ⓘ 2020 in European music. The Zurich Festival { Festspiele Zurich } announces that its festival will be discontinued after 2020, because of the lack of long-term ..




2020 in European music
                                     

ⓘ 2020 in European music

  • The Zurich Festival { Festspiele Zurich } announces that its festival will be discontinued after 2020, because of the lack of long-term financial support.
  • 8 January
  • Dutch composer Martijn Padding receives the Andreaspenning award at the Concertgebouw, in recognition of his services to the musical life of Amsterdam.
  • The Teatro San Cassiano in Venice, Italy, names the Academy of Ancient Music as its first associate ensemble.
  • 13 January – The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra announces that it is to award its Karl Amadeus Hartmann Medal posthumously to Mariss Jansons.
  • 26 February
  • Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, the Spanish minister of culture, withdrawas the invitation to operatic tenor Placido Domingo to perform at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, following the release of an American Guild of Musical Artists report on allegations of sexual misconduct against Domingo.
  • The Landestheater Coburg announces the appointment of Daniel Carter as its new Generalmusikdirektor, with effect from 1 February 2021.
  • 18 March – The Eurovision Song Contest 2020, scheduled to take place in Rotterdam is cancelled because of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Europe – the first cancellation in the contests 64-year history.
                                     

1. Deaths

  • 3 January – Bo Winberg, 80, Swedish guitarist The Spotnicks
  • Herbert Baumann, 94, German composer and conductor
  • 14 January – Guy Deplus, 95, French clarinetist
  • 19 January – Guy Thomas, 85, Belgian-born French songwriter.
  • 1 January – Damir Mihanovic, 58, Croatian comedian, actor and musician lung cancer
  • 10 January – Marc Morgan, 57, Belgian singer-songwriter
  • Meritxell Negre, 48, Spanish singer cancer
  • 21 January
  • Hans Deinzer, 86, German clarinetist
  • 26 February
  • Eduardo Bort, 72, Spanish guitarist
  • 4 February – Volker David Kirchner, 77, German violist and composer
  • Sergei Dorensky, 88, Russian pianist
  • 10 March – Beba Selimovic, 80, Bosnian sevdalinka singer
  • 8 March – Martin Davorin-Jagodic, 84, Croatian composer
  • 9 March – Alain Marcel, 68, Algerian-born French actor, composer and musical theatre producer
  • Sergio Bassi, 69, Italian folk singer-songwriter COVID-19
  • 14 March – Eva Pilarova, 80, Czech singer
  • 1 March – Peter Wieland, 89, German singer and entertainer
  • 18 March – Jean Leber, 80–81, French violinist COVID-19
  • Gino Volpe, 77, Italian singer-songwriter, heart attack.
  • 20 March
  • Konstantin Ryabinov, 55, Russian musician and visual artist
  • Enrique del Portal, 87, Spanish operatic tenor
  • 16 March
  • 31 March – Zoltan Pesko, 83, Hungarian conductor and composer.
  • Dusan Vancura, 82, Czech singer, double-bassist and lyricist Spiritual kvintet
  • 14 April – Kerstin Meyer, 92, Swedish mezzo-soprano.
  • 24 March – Gerard Schurmann, 96, Dutch-British composer and conductor.
  • 1 April – Dieter Reith, 82, German pianist and organist
  • 9 April – Bert van de Kamp, 73, Dutch music journalist
  • 16 April
  • 21 March – Hellmut Stern, 91, German violinist
  • 4 April – Patrick Gibson, 64, French drummer and singer Gibson Brothers, COVID-19.
  • Christophe, 74, French singer-songwriter COPD
  • 7 April – Andre Stordeur, 79, Belgian electronic musician.

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