Pianist Martin Isepp, for many years one of the key figures on the Glyndebourne music staff, has died. It’s reported that he passed away on Christmas Day.
Born in Vienna, Martin Isepp moved to England just before the Second World War. Studying music at Oxford and London’s RCM, he worked with Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group before, in 1957, he began his long association with Glyndebourne. From 1978 to 1993, he was Glyndebourne’s Head of Music Staff, and he retained links with the organisation for the rest of his life.
Throughout Europe and North America, he worked with singers such as Dame Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. For more about his life, there’s this National Opera Studio biography as well as this set of recollections of his life and work.