The founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, who was slated to be on the upcoming Tenth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, has died after a recent skiing accident that left him in a coma.
"The musical world has lost a giant. Claude Nobs made an incalculable contribution to our cultural life, not only by creating one of the greatest festivals, but also by creating opportunities for young artists, and a forum for a richly diverse range of musicians to come together, discover each other and influence each other's styles and development. We mourn not only the loss of a Glenn Gould Prize juror, but also a great creative force." - Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation
Legendary producer and close friend of M. Nobs, Quincy Jones pays heartfelt tribute on his website saying, "Our decades long friendship was born of a mutual love of music and life, filled with endless hours of laughter and suitcases of Balik Salmon, and I will miss him like the brother that he was to me. If God created a better friend than Claude Nobs, he or she must have kept them for him/herself."
Our sincerest condolences to family, friends and colleagues of M. Claude Nobs and his team at the Montreux Jazz Festival.