Zuzana Ruzickova; harpischordist, survivor of Nazi concentration camps
Zuzana Ruzickova, a Czech survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who rediscovered beauty in life through the music of J.S. Bach, a canon to which she dedicated her life as one of the world's premier harpsichordists, died Sept. 27 at a hospital in Prague. She was 90.
The cause was pneumonia and exhaustion, said a cousin, Frank Vogl.
Ruzickova achieved international renown as the first soloist in history to record Bach's complete keyboard works. The collection, originally made for the French label Erato from 1965 to 1974, filled 35 records and was rereleased last year by Warner Classics in advance of her 90th birthday.
A documentary about her life, "Zuzana: Music Is Life," directed by the Bethesda, Maryland-based Harriet Gordon Getzels and Peter Getzels, was released earlier this year.
Ruzickova trained initially as a pianist but became best known as a virtuoso of the harpsichord.