Monday (7/13) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng writes, “Robert Korda, a violinist who played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 20 years, was found dead Sunday by the Los Angeles Police Department after he was reported missing by his family on Wednesday. The LAPD said that Korda, 68, was reported missing after he failed to show up for work at the Gower Studios in Hollywood last week. An investigation as to the cause of his death is underway. Korda began his tenure as a second violinist at the L.A. Philharmonic during the 1960-61 season and played with the orchestra until 1980. During his time with the philharmonic, Korda played under the baton of two music directors—Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. Since leaving the philharmonic, Korda has worked as a freelance musician and played with various orchestras and chamber groups. … Korda’s son, Noah, had launched a frantic search for his father via a personal blog.”

Posted July 14, 2009