Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

British violinist David Angel has died

4:19, 12th April 2017

David Angel, second violinist with the Maggini Quartet, died on 10 April of a suspected heart attack, aged 62. He was conducting a Maggini Quartet course in Oxford at the time of his death.

Angel studied with Yehudi Menuhin, Frederick Grinke, Jacqueline Salomons and Nadia Boulanger at the Yehudi Menuhin School before continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Grinke and Sidney Griller, supported by an Associated Board Scholarship.

He co-founded the Maggini Quartet in 1988. As well as co-leading the second violin section of the London Mozart Players, he frequently led the second violins of ensembles including London Musici, London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St John’s and Sinfonia 21, and regularly collaborated with pianist David Elwin.

Angel was appointed professor of quartet playing at Birmingham Conservatoire in 1993, and was also an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Brunel University.

He played on a Maggini / da Salo composite violin circa 1600.

‘He died doing what he loved and excelled at – playing, sharing and teaching his total passion for music,’ his Maggini Quartet colleagues Julian Leaper, Martin Outram and Michal Kaznowski wrote on the ensemble’s Facebook page. ‘A human and musical giant for all who knew him and were fortunate enough to work with him.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many colleagues.’

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