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.

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