Early music specialist and conductor Frans Brüggen has died at the age of 79. He passed away at his home in Amsterdam on 13 August.

Born in Amsterdam in 1934, Brüggen was the youngest of nine children. He graduated from the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum in 1954 as one of the first principal-study recorder graduates; he was appointed professor there and at The Hague while still in his early 20s.

Brüggen took up conducting in 1960s, making a decisive break with his previous career as a recorder player. In 1981 he co-founded the period-instrument Orchestra of the 18th Century, and later became emeritus conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Brüggen is survived by his wife, art historian Machtelt Israëls, and his two daughters, Zephyr and Eos.

Frans Brüggen’s full obituary appears in the September–November issue of Early Music Today.


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