Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RIP Antonin Kubalek

Another sad day in the piano world - Antonin Kubalek, the legendary Czech-Canadian pianist, passed away a few days ago in Prague.

Death notice on the CBC website
Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article in České Noviny
Wikipedia entry on Kubalek

From a message sent out earlier today by Peter Simon, President and CEO of the Royal Conservatory:
It is with deep regret and sorrow that we share with you that our friend and colleague, Antonin Kubalek, passed away following complications of neurosurgery in Prague on Wednesday January 19th at the age of 75.

Antonin joined The Royal Conservatory faculty in 1979, and taught for both The Young Artists Performance Academy and The Royal Conservatory School. Antonin was also a recitalist, recording artist, broadcaster, record producer, and two-time Juno nominee. He recorded 24 LPs and ten CDs on Dorian and other labels.

Antonin leaves behind his wife Patricia, daughters Ildiko, Helen, Karolina, and son Darius. There will be a grand "send off" possibly at the Duke of York for his many friends and admirers. Karolina will also prepare a memorial concert and CD in his honour. The dates for these events will be set upon the Kubalek family’s return to Canada.

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