The conductor David Heusel, who was a frequent guest conductor with the RTÉ orchestras, has died.

Mr Heusel was due to conduct the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH in Dublin on Saturday night with singers Cara O’Sullivan and Noah Stewart but the event has been cancelled. 

In a statement, RTÉ said: "It is with the deepest regret that we announce that conductor David Heusel has passed away in Dublin. David was to conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra this evening in Dublin. The concert has been cancelled as a mark of respect. RIP."

He was born in America and began his career in Germany where he worked for nine years as a vocal coach, director of musical studies and house conductor in Oberhausen, Kiel and Dortmund.

Since 1998 Mr Heusel worked as a free-lance conductor throughout Europe, North America and Asia. In April 2008 he debuted in Moscow at the renowned Stanislavsky Theater conducting Le sacre du printemps/Erda.

His international conducting career also saw him work with the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland and the RTE Concert Orchestra for numerous live radio concerts.