As 2015 passes before our eyes, let us remember those in the classical music community who passed in the passing year.

• January 12 – Elena Obraztsova, Russian operatic mezzo-soprano, 75.
• January 13 – Frank Glazer, American pianist and champion of Satie, 99.
• January 19 – Vera Gornostayeva, Russian pianist and piano teacher, 85; and Ward Swingle, American singer, founder of the Swingle Singers, 87.
• January 29 – Israel Yinon, Israeli conductor, 59.
• February 1 – Aldo Ciccolini, Italian-born French pianist and another Satie advocate, 89.
• February 28 – Ezra Laderman, American composer, 90.
• March 1 – Jennifer Ward Clarke, British cellist, 79.
• March 19 – Peter Katin, British pianist, 84.
• March 22 – Norman Scribner, American choral conductor, 79.
• March 29 – Ronald Knudsen, American orchestral violinist and conductor, 83.
• April 27 – Rolf Smedvig, American trumpeter, 62.
• April 29 – Ronald Senator, British-born composer resident in the USA, 89; and Miriam Brickman, American pianist, 81.
• May 3 – Margaret Garwood, American composer, 88.
• May 28 – Steven Gerber, American composer, 66.
• May 29 – Peter Cropper, British violinist and leader of the Lindsay Quartet, 69.
• May 31 – Nico Castel, American tenor, comprimario and vocal coach, 83.
• June 3 – Margaret Juntwait, American radio broadcaster and host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, 58.
• June 12 – Ernest Tomlinson, British composer, 90.
• June 14 – Walter Weller, Austrian conductor and violinist, 75.
• June 17 – Neil Courtney, American orchestral double bass player, 82.
• June 21 – Gunther Schuller, American composer, conductor, teacher and author, 89.
• June 22 – Joseph de Pasquale, American orchestral violist, 95; and John (Jack) McCaw, New Zealand-born British orchestral clarinetist, 96.
• July 1 – Edward Greenfield, British music critic, 86.
• July 7 – Friedemann Weigle, German violist and member of the Artemis Quartet, 52.
• July 10 – Jon Vickers, Canadian tenor, 88.
• July 15 – Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, conductor and scholar, 80.
• July 21 – Paul Freeman, American music conductor, founder of Chicago Sinfonietta, 79.
• July 26 – Vic Firth, American orchestral timpanist and percussionist, 85.
• July 27 – Ivan Moravec, Czech pianist, 84.
• August 2 – J. Durward Morsch, American composer, 94.
• August 12 – John Scott, British-born organist and choirmaster resident in America, 59.
• August 27 – George Cleve, Austrian-born American conductor, 79.
• August 30 – Natalia Strelchenko, Russian-born pianist, 38.
• August 31 – Bruce Lawrence, American orchestral double bassist, 88.
• September 7 – Susan Allen, American harpist, 64; and Cor Edskes, Dutch organ builder and restorer, 90.
• September 17 – David Willcocks, British choirmaster, 95.
• September 28 – Alexander Faris, Irish composer and conductor, 94.
• October 1 – Dieter Kober, German conductor, 95.
• November 2 – Richard Horowitz, American opera orchestra timpanist and crafter of conductor batons, 91.
• November 10 – Robert Craft, American classical music writer, conductor, and amanuensis to Igor Stravinsky, 92.
• November 16 – Seymour Lipkin, American pianist and conductor, 88.
• November 21 – Joseph Silverstein, American concertmaster and conductor, 83.
• December 2 – John Eaton, American composer, 80.
• December 8 – Mattiwilda Dobbs, American opera singer and recitalist, 90.
• December 19 – Kurt Masur, German conductor, 88.

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