HAMBURG/ BERLIN- The music world is reeling after a world-renowned string quartet lost a key player to illness. Romy Nagy, a cello player for the group Salut Salon, passed away on Saturday in Berlin after a battle with cancer. She was 42. She is survived by her husband and two children.
In a statement from their website: It was love at first sight when we met Romy in December 2017 and she became a cellist for our quartet. Since then, we’ve been touring Europe with her, enjoying every moment with her, the musician and friend. She faced life in her own way, able to accept all aspects of reality.
Ms. Nagy was born in Gera (Thuringia). At a young age, she attended the Belvidere Music School in Weimar before studying music in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin. She was a member of many orchestras in Berlin as well as a strings group Staatkapella in Weimar. Before joining Salut Salon at the end of 2017, she had several musical roles for TV-series and films as well as for concerts led by Till Brönner, Robbie Williams and the rock music band Disturbed, having played several genres in the process. Apart from solos, she produced several duets with Andreas Wolter and was one half of the duo group Thalia Two, with Katja Schott. More on her biography can be seen here.
Some examples can be seen below:
Ms. Nagy joined Salut Salon in December 2017, replacing long-time member, Sonja Lena Schmid and for a short time traveled throughout Europe with the group, with pieces like this:
Her last performance was in March 2019 with Salut Salon in Oldenburg. They had been working on a new musical project to be presented in 2020. Her passing resulted in the cancellation of a pair of concerts by the quartett. No word yet on who will replace Ms Nagy, and how the group will approach the project without her. The loss of a cellist great has been felt not only throughout the group but also by other musicians and fans in Germany as well as beyond. She will be an asset that will be missing- her successor will have a big challenge filling her shoes. For more details on the latest, click here to the Salut Salon website.