Renowned Israeli conductor Israel Yinon dies in mid-concert

GENEVA (AFP) - 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.