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Aw, Jeez — Yakov Kreizberg, 1959-2011

I was in such a rush to get to my first appointment this morning that I skipped looking at the music headlines, so I learned from Jeffrey Tarlo at J&R that conductor Yakov Kreizberg had died at the far-too-early age of 51. Obituaries are live online at NPR and The Oregonian, and Stephen Hough has a personal reminiscence at the Telegraph (London). His recent recordings with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for PentaTone showcased both his extrovert, dramatic interpretive style and his skill building a very good orchestra into an even better one. A longer tribute in Dutch has been posted to the official Web site of the Netherlands Philharmonic.

Music headlines: Good news, bad news

Gramophone and The New York Times report that Russian-born American pianist Kirill Gerstein has won the quadrenially-granted $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. I’ve been mightily impressed by his debut CD recording for OehmsClassics, and hopefully this award will bring the name of this mightily worthy pianist to a broader audience.

The Boston Globe and AP are reporting that conductor Seizi Ozawa has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer — the same disease that claimed ny dad’s life — and has cancelled all of his scheduled appearances for the next six months to undergo treatment. Esophageal cancer is tough and persistent, but judging from the news reports it was caught early, a factor that is likely to greatly improve Maestro Ozawa’s prognosis.