American conductor and violist Christopher Quentin McMullen-Laird has passed away – aged just 36.
At this stage the cause of death is not completely known – but is believed to have been the result of complications following a surgery.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and The Royal College of Music, Christopher served as the Music Director of the Jæren Symfoniorkester – and had led performances with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Cape Cod Opera, Opera Providence, Opera Rogaland, Schlosstheater Rheinsberg, Tokyo Opera Association, Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.
“I am so shocked … I don’t have words or know what to say …” Saxophonist Sophia Elger has today said via social media.
“Christopher was a special one … no words will do justice to conveying his generosity, kindness and care for all those around him … it is so sad that he has passed and unbelievable … this is a true loss,” she has said.
Our condolences are with his family, friends and colleagues.