The English conductor Sir Jeffrey Tate has died at the age of 74. Tate, born with spina bifida, initially followed a medical career before turning to music full-time. Tate’s appointments include to the English Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, San Carlo Theatre of Naples, and the Hamburg Symphony (he was contracted there until 2019).
Tate’s recordings include Haydn and Mozart Symphonies, Mozart’s Piano Concertos with Mitsuko Uchida, and Elgar with the LSO. Tate’s final concert was on May 31 in Trento (Italy) conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.
Jeffrey Philip Tate, who was knighted this year, was born in Salisbury on 28 April 1943 and he died from a heart-attack in Bergamo today, on 2 June 2017.