Dutch musician Frans Bruggen has died at the age of 79. The recorder player passed away on 13 August (14) in Amsterdam, according to the New York Times.
Bruggen, uncle of recorder soloist Daniel Bruggen, was best known for co-founding the Orchestra of the 18th Century with Sieuwert Verster in 1981.
He also conducted the Netherlands' Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Illinois and Britain's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Celebrated Italian conductor Claudio Abbado has died, aged 80. The double Grammy Award winner passed away in Bologna, Italy on Monday (20Jan14) after several months of ill health.
During his illustrious career, he held many of the music world's most coveted positions, including music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy and principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
He also worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, acted as music director of Austria's Vienna State Opera, and was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra in Germany from 1989 to 2002.
Abbado won two Grammy Awards for his recorded works, picking up trophies in 1997 and 2005.
Soul icon Aretha Franklin has axed two upcoming concerts to undergo treatment for another mystery condition. The Respect hitmaker was due to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Illinois next Monday (20May13) and hit the stage at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on 26 May (13), but both dates have been cancelled on the advice of doctors.
Details about Franklin's medical issue have not been released, but it's not the first time she has scrapped gigs due to her health.
She called off a series of shows in 2010 and refused to divulge details about what ailed her for two years, until revealing in early 2012 that she had undergone surgery to remove a tumour - although she did not specify where on her body the growth was found.
The 71 year old has also battled health problems with her legs and feet, which forced her to pull out of performing at Whitney Houston's funeral last year (12).
Singer Janelle Monae has stepped in to replace Franklin at the Illinois show.
Trumpeter Adolph Herseth has died at the age of 91. He passed away on 13 April (13) at his home in Oak Park, Illinois.
Born in Minnesota, he graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a degree in mathematics and served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two as a musician.
Herseth went on to become a principal performer at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he played for 53 years until he gave up his post in 2001.
He retired in 2004 and has since been recognised as the "most respected and influential orchestral trumpeter of the last half-century," according to the Chicago Tribune.
World-renowned cellist Janos Starker has died at the age of 88. The musician passed away at his home in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday (28Apr13). Reports suggest he had been in terminal care for several weeks, although further details about his death were unavailable as WENN went to press.
Born in Budapest, Hungary to Jewish parents, Starker was a child prodigy during the 1930s and made his public performance debut at the age of six.
He survived an internment camp during the Nazi regime in World War II and moved to the U.S. in 1948. He served as principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony in Texas and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Fritz Reiner in 1952.
He later settled in Indiana, where he became a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, while still performing shows across the globe.
Starker, who made over 160 recordings of his work, won a Grammy Award in 1992 for a Bach solo cello piece, while he was also nominated for the prestigious honour in 1990 for his tribute to fellow cellist and composer David Popper.
He released his autobiography, The World of Music According to Starker, in 2004.