Just in: A baroque violinist, 29, is named among Brussels dead

Just in: A baroque violinist, 29, is named among Brussels dead


norman lebrecht

March 27, 2016

The latest names to be released include that of Mélanie Defize, a young Belgian musician and musicologist who has been found dead at the Maelbeek metro station.

Mélanie, 29, was a baroque violinist who worked as head of production for an independent label, Cypres Records. She loved all kinds of music and was a contributor to the review site ForumOpera.

She was widely known across the genres of Belgian music. We join their mourning.

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Melanie’s Facebook picture

UPDATE: The following message has been received from Cypres:

I have the deep pain to announce, on behalf of the label cypres, the death of my assistant Melanie Defize. She is among the victims of the cowardly attacks that have struck the subway Maelbeek in Brussels this Tuesday 22 March….She leaves a void. Her luminous enthusiasm will be with us much longer. Cédric Hustinx



  • Michel Stockhem says:

    Cypres is mainly a classical label; it is one of Belgium’s more ancient in this field, although some titles touch to jazz or world music. Melanie has been central in the high quality of the label’s recent releases. It is indeed a tragic loss.

  • Michela Cocolin says:

    The morning of the attacks I was on the phone to Belgian composer Dirk Brosse’ discussing a project Melanie was working on. Tragic. My condolences to her family and everyone at Cypres.