Dean is receiving treatment at the The Royal Adelaide Hospital and has been placed under quarantine. The composer’s agents said they, along with his publisher, have “taken the necessary steps” to inform everyone who has worked with him over the last 14 days.


“Our thoughts are with Brett at this difficult time and we wish him well in his recovery,” the company said in a statement.

Adelaide Festival says this weekend’s The Sound of History concert will still go ahead, with composer Richard Mills the fill-in conductor.

Dean, who was born in Brisbane, is a celebrated viola player and recognised as one of Australia’s best contemporary composers. He is the composer in residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, as well as Germany’s Dresden Philharmonic and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has received a UNESCO award and is also credited with helping to save the Australian National Academy of Music.

As of Friday, almost 97,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 around the world. More than 3300 have died. The bulk of the infections have occurred in China, with Italy and Iran also battling to control outbreaks. In Australia, there have been more than 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths.

The virus has affected festivals and other large gatherings overseas. Earlier this week, one of the world’s biggest literary events, the London Book Fair, was cancelled over health concerns. Italy’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair has also been pushed back a month.

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