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 conductor Mariss Jansons is to retire from his prestigious post at Holland's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). The music maestro has confirmed he will give up his position at the helm of Amsterdam's famous RCO after a decade in charge.
He will take his final bow at the end of the 2014-2015 season, although he will continue working with Germany's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Jansons, 71, is considered one of the world's most celebrated conductors, but has experienced a number of health problems in recent years.