The Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra mourns the death of cellist Alexander Buzlov, with whom we shared the stage.
One of the most vivid and talented cellists, Alexander Buzlov has sadly passed away. Alexander Buzlov was reported to have died today November 8 2020 of a blood clot, aged 37.
La Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá lamenta el fallecimiento del violonchelista Alexander Buzlov, con quien compartimos escenario. A su esposa Alissa Margulis, a sus hijos y su familia le extendemos un abrazo fraterno en estos momentos.
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— Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (@filarmonibogota) November 8, 2020
Some first respondents pour their tributes
Julian Rachlin: My dearest Sasha, one of the greatest cellists to ever live, and a most kind and loving soul to match. We had so many plans that we were looking forward to… and the realization that we will never make music together again hurts too much to face. I love you and will be forever grateful to have known you. Until we meet again.
Kian Soltani: Alexander Buzlov Nothing but respect for this brilliant musician and cellist who left us way too soon. Many condolences to his close friends and family. Let’s honor him by remembering his great artistry.
Marc Coppey: Devastating and unbelievable news. Alexander Buzlov is no longer with us. We just lost a wonderful man and a great cellist.
All my compassion and loving thoughts to his wife, dearest Alissa Margulis and to his daughter.
Denis Matsuev (on tour in Japan): It can’t get my head around it. No way. News that comes with a terrifying frequency this year. Just a nightmare. And the passing of one of the most amazing musicians in his generation Sasha Buzlov causes, I think that I’m not the only one, not the shock, not the lack of understanding, but simply rejection. I just physically can’t make myself believe it. It must be a mistake. I’ve known him from the moment they came to us in ′′ New Names ′′ as a 11 year old boy. And it was immediately clear that this was a great talent. Sasha has a three-year-old daughter who will know her dad, unfortunately, only by the memories of his family, friends and performances. Unbearable.
Our last performance of the Tchaikovsky trio at the Chelyabinsk music festival was at its very point. And will forever remain in my heart. Cello is not an easy tool. If the pianists and violinists are used to solo artists, only the only ones from cellists managed to build a successful career as a soloist. Sasha was a musician from God, his sound was absolutely unique and instantly recognizable. You could not rehearse with him, he had this feeling of elbow in the ensemble, such a sense of understanding of the partner. He was a great artist and romantic. The kindest person. With a unique smile. With a stunning sense of humor. You could talk to him on any subject, he was very erudite, read a lot of philosophy books, could support a conversation on any subject. An extraordinary personality. I write ′′ been ′′ and still don’t understand how it’s possible. Can’t say anything else. Absolute emptiness.
My most sincere and deepest condolences to family and friends.
Sarah McElravy: Dearest Sasha… how is it possible? No words can express this loss.
Aylen Pritchin: Can’t hold back the tears. Incredibly beautiful, kind, sensitive person, friend, musician.
Benedict Klöckner: RIP Sasha Buzlov, incredible cellist, best Borat imitator ever and man with very big heart.
Alexander Buzlov left behind his wife Alissa Margulis, his children and his family at this time. Ph. Kike Barona.
Alexander Buzlov was born in Moscow in 1983.
He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Natalia Gutmann and at the Cologne School of Music under Frans Helmerson.
Within the framework of masterclasses, he studied with outstanding cellists: Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Bernard Greenhouse. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory and pursued a solo career.
Buzlov is the winner of a number of prestigious awards, including the Grand Prix in the categories “Cello” and “Chamber Ensemble” of the All-Russian Open Competition “New Names” in Moscow, the Second Prize of the ARD Competition in Munich, the Second Prize of the International Cello Competition in Geneva, the Grand -with the Audience Award at the E. Feuermann International Cello Competition in Berlin.
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