Violinist/record producer Mélanie Defize among victims of Brussels attacks

Posted on: March 29, 2016

In Tuesday’s (3/29) New York Times, Mike McPhate writes that the family of 29-year-old violinist and record producer Mélanie Defize “was notified over the weekend that she was among those killed in the attack on Maelbeek subway station on March 22.… Camille De Rijck, a partner at the [Brussels-based] music label where Ms. Defize worked, Cypres Records, said Ms. Defize … ‘was the sweetest person…. She was very confident about all her decisions.’ … Colleagues said Ms. Defize had been well regarded for her academic ability, having studied at the University of Liège in Belgium and served as a member of the Institute of History of Medicine, Surgery and Health in Paris. She was ‘the musicologist among the doctors,’ said Cédric Hustinx, the head of Cypres Records. Forumopera.com, where Ms. Defize was a contributing writer, wrote in a Facebook tribute that the grief over her death ‘truly seems insurmountable.’ ‘A serious situation rarely knew a face that was sweeter, or a personality that was more calm,’ it said.”

Posted March 29, 2016