Sad news with the loss of composers Pēteris Plakidis and Marian Varga, both on 8th August.
Pēteris Plakidis (1947–2017) was Latvian, a graduate from the Jāzeps Vītols State Conservatory in 1970, later teaching composition in the same institution (renamed to the Latvian Academy of Music). He was especially known for his Music for Piano, String Orchestra and Timpani; Variationsfor Orchestra, which won the Latvian Great Music Award; and his works written for various anniversaries of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.
In Memoriam by Pēteris Plakidis, Choir BALSIS, IBSCC Grand Prix Competition
Marian Varga (1947–2017) was Slovak. He studied piano and composition at the Bratislava Conservatory, eventually leaving to pursue his interest in rock music. With his group Collegium Musicum his music subsequently explored the interface between art and popular music, especially through his reinterpretations of music by classical composers such as Haydn, Bartók and Stravinsky, but also through original compositions. He was also known for his interest in improvisation.
Collegium Musicum – Concerto In D