A handout image provided by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on 30 January 2015 shows Israeli conductor Israel Yinon performing in Lucerne, Switzerland, 29 January 2012. The 59-year-old conductor collapsed on stage during a concert in Lucerne on 29 January 2015 and passed away shortly after. (EPA Photo/Priska Ketterer)

Renowned Israeli Conductor Dies in Mid-Concert

FEBRUARY 02, 2015

A handout image provided by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on 30 January 2015 shows Israeli conductor Israel Yinon performing in Lucerne, Switzerland, 29 January 2012. The 59-year-old conductor collapsed on stage during a concert in Lucerne on 29 January 2015 and passed away shortly after. (EPA Photo/Priska Ketterer)

Renowned Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed and died as he was conducting a concert in the Swiss city of Lucerne late Thursday, a spokesman said.

The 59-year-old was in the middle of leading 'An Alpine Symphony' by German composer Richard Strauss when he slumped, falling headlong to the ground.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Born on January 11, 1956 in Kfar Saba in Israel, Yinon studied conducting, music theory and composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv Jerusalem's Music Academy.

Yinon served as guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the London Royal Philharmonic, Royal Antwerp Flemish Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin.

Agence France-Presse

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