Sudden death of the Maggini Quartet violinist David Angel
on Monday, 10th April
Maggini Quartet co-founder and second violinist David Angel has died suddenly at the age of 62. He was conducting a Maggini Quartet course in Oxford at the time of his death.
Angel had performed as the ensemble’s second violinist since its inception in 1988.
One of his last public appearances was at the Maggini Quartet’s concert in Rickmansworth on March 31.
Angel was a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with not only Menuhin but Frederick Grinke, Jacqueline Salomons and Nadia Boulanger. He later went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he continued his studies with Grinke, alongside chamber music coaching from Sidney Griller.
Although he had a long-lasting bond with the Magginis, Angel was also a co-leader of the second violin section of the London Mozart Players, and frequently led the second violin sections of ensembles such as the London Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of St. John’s. He also performed in a long-standing duo with pianist David Elwin.
In 1993 he was appointed professor of quartet playing at Birmingham Conservatoire, and was also an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University and Brunel University.
“He died doing what he loved and excelled at – playing, sharing and teaching his total passion for music,” said Angel’s fellow quartet members Julian Leaper, Martin Outram and Michal Kaznowski. “He was a human and musical giant for all who knew him and were fortunate enough to work with him.”
Ash Patil, chair of the Three Rivers Music Society, added his own tribute. “At TRMS, we are particularly saddened by David’s death as the Society is forging a new relationship with the Quartet. They came back to perform a second time in Rickmansworth just over a week before David's untimely death.”
He said, “When I went to say hello to the musicians during their rehearsal prior to the evening performance, I distinctly remember David being jolly and laughing. It is very hard to come to terms with such a sudden and unexpected death of an exceptionally talented musician. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends in this moment of sadness.”