I’m still in denial as I write this. I just found out that pianist, composer, and photographer Bernardo Sassetti has died. He was photographing near Cascais (Portugal), when he took a fatal fall.
He has written and performed countless wonderful music. Solo, with his own trio, as a duet with another great, Mário Laginha, or in a three piano formation (with Laginha and Pedro Burmester), his concerts were always truly special.
I am privileged to have known him and to have been at many of his concerts.
I recall bumping into him in a German airport, a few years ago. I was coming back from some days off, and he was returning from attending a Wagner opera cycle. As always, he was in a good mood, and we chatted for a few minutes.
He has a truly gifted human being, and one I am already missing.