Australian composer Brett Dean has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus

The 58-year-old was due to conduct at the Adelaide Festival

Australian composer Brett Dean has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Dean was one of two people who were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, March 5. The viola player is currently in isolation and receiving treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Dean had recently travelled into Australia from Taiwan via a Brisbane flight, and arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday (March 3) ahead of his appearance at the Adelaide Festival this weekend. The composer was set to conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night (March 7).


“[Dean] spent two nights before he went into hospital, but he was feeling unwell so he never made it into rehearsal with the symphony orchestra, so he’s not been in touch with the orchestra,” Adelaide Festival executive producer Rob Brookman told the ABC News.

“He’s only actually seen a tiny number of people and, indeed, the three relevant people have placed themselves into self-quarantine.”

The composer’s agency Intermusica also issued a statement. “Brett’s immediate family are in London and have not had any direct contact with him in 16 days,” it read. “They have all been assessed by the NHS and have been cleared of any risk of COVID-19.”

The Sound Of History concert Dean was scheduled to conduct this weekend will still go ahead.

In other coronavirus related news, it was announced today (March 6) that LA punk band The Bronx would be playing this month’s Download Festival. They are replacing Milan-based metal outfit Lacuna Coil, who were forced to cancel that appearance and several other international performances after an outbreak of the novel virus broke out in their native Italy.

Coronavirus has affected upcoming festivals, too. US festival SXSW has amassed over 50,000 signatures in a petition calling for the popular Texan festival to be cancelled amid concerns of coronavirus outbreak.


Several bands who had upcoming Asian and Australia tours scheduled have cancelled or postponed their appearances, including Slipknot, Fat White Family, The National and Green Day.