Musician Leaves $3M Violin on Train

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  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Forte User

    Oct 21, 2003
    BALTIMORE - A musician left his $3 million violin on an Amtrak train, but a quick-acting baggage handler retrieved the instrument and it was returned to its grateful owner.

    Gidon Kremer, who is performing as a guest artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through Saturday, took the train from New York to Baltimore's Penn station on Wednesday.

    Before heading to Baltimore, Kremer learned that a violinist in the Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra he founded in 1996, was sick and couldn't make an Asian tour scheduled to start in a few days. "I was preoccupied with that from the moment I sat down on the train to the moment I got up as we approached Baltimore," he told The (Baltimore) Sun.

    Accustomed to traveling with only a garment bag and his violin, Kremer also had a large suitcase with him, because he will be heading off for that Asian tour from Baltimore.

    Waiting at the station was Jeremy Rothman, the BSO's associate artistic administrator. "I saw he had only two bags with him," Rothman said, "so I asked, 'Is this everything?' And I could see his face suddenly change."

    The train was winding toward Washington by then, with the unguarded cargo — a blue cloth case containing a Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1730, estimated value $3 million.

    By the time the train pulled into Union Station, Amtrak officials were waiting. Baggage handler Mike Famiglietti secured the instrument, which was later picked up by Thomas Cirillo, a member of the Vilar Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, who offered to bring it to Baltimore's Meyerhoff Hall.

    "I am incredibly grateful to all the people who helped me," Kremer said, cradling the returned violin.
  2. Thevor

    Thevor Pianissimo User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Next to the Volcano
    Even if he hadn't recovered it right away, I'm sure it wouldn't have taken long to find, in a few days it would have shown up on Ebay. :)

    It's nice to know that there are descent and honest people out there. A big thanks should go out to the baggage handler that returned it.

    BADBOY-DON Piano User

    Jan 23, 2004
    Gig Harbor Wa.

    I wonder if I could convince my insurance agent that I have an old collector valve trombone...that it's value is around 3 million bucks??

    As much as l love that beautiful old horn...its true replacement value...just like that musty old 3 million dollar violin....I would GLADLY, take a bus ride...and hide it under the seat. This sounds like a fraud-insurance sham-scammmthat didn't work out. I would venture to say that musician was preparing for an early retirment..compliments of some insurance company. Good thing it was returned, otherwise that musican just might be sitting in jail..right this minute? Hummm?

    No wonder insurance is so high on items like this....?

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