Symphony of Southeast Texas Orchestra’ 1st violinist, Yu Zhao Gu has died suddenly, from a suspected heart attack, during a performance on stage on Saturday evening, in Beaumont, United States – aged just 60.
Mr Gu, along side his wife, had been a member of the ensemble for more than two decades.
A cardiologist in the orchestra and doctors from the audience attempted to resuscitate the violinist until paramedics arrived.
“Last night during our final concert of the season we, unfortunately lost a Symphony of Southeast Texas Orchestra member during our opening work on the program …” orchestra conductor Chelsea Tipton has today said.
“He was a valued member who has played with the orchestra for many decades along with his wife, and his presence will be dearly missed …” she has said.
“Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and EMTs who came to his immediate aid on stage … and thank you also to the musicians and choruses for your work, love and support you provided last night.”
“The orchestra is very close-knit, like a family … something like this is very difficult,” the orchestra’s Concertmaster Matthew Detrick has said.