The 29-year-old woman who was killed when she was struck on her bike by a lorry was Sabrina Vlaskalic, a classical guitar instructor at the Prins Claus Conservatory of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
The Hanze Facebook page published a post on Friday confirming that the beloved instructor had died in the collision last week.
“We are devastated to inform you that our dear colleague Sabrina Vlaskalic, main instrument teacher classical guitar, passed away this afternoon due to a tragic accident”, the post read in Dutch and English.
Vlaskalic was originally from Serbia and was described as a virtuoso in the world of classical guitar. Classical Guitar Magazine called her “one of our brightest young lights”.
Another post by the Prins Claus Conservatory says that a memorial concert is being organised by the Hanze and the Dutch Guitar Foundation. Vlaskalic was one of the founders of the Foundation, whose goal was to cultivate classical guitar in the Netherlands. A Guitar Concerto Competition and Festival which was scheduled to be held at the conservatory next week has now been postponed until further notice in light of her death.
Dozens of posts on her page in an equal number of languages expressed their love for Vlaskalic as a person and their deep admiration of her as a musician. According to one past, Vlaskalic’s funeral will be held in Serbia, and a number of her students are planning to attend. A fundraiser to help cover their travel expenses has raised nearly 3,000 dollars as of Monday morning.
Vlaskalic died on Thursday after being struck by a lorry while cycling at the roundabout at the intersection of the Van Iddekingeweg and the Vondellaan. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
Photo source: Prins Claus Convervatory