Leading cellist, 54, is felled by heart attackmain
Sweden’s musicians are in mourning for the death of Mats Rondin, one of the country’s leading cellists who in recent years became an effective and popular conductor at the Gavle Symphony Orchestra and Malmo Opera.
Mats, who was just 54, made his concert debut at 16 and was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to his cello festival in Riga. He premiered several works by Swedish composers and was preparing to conduct Miss Saigon in the coming season at Malmo Opera.
A modest, personable man, the shock of his passing is felt across the Swedish community and far beyond.