Skip to comments.Stolen Stradivarius violinís owner relieved Frank Almond not badly hurt
Posted on 02/03/2014 11:07:37 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
The owner of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery last week has released a statement expressing relief that Almond was not permanently injured in the attack.
Almond posted the owner's statement in his Non Divisi column online at her request.
"Due to my devastation at the attack on you, Frank, and the theft of the violin, I feel compelled to write this," the owner writes. "First, I'm so happy that you are safe."
"Frank, I could never have guessed that after all you have done, you would be physically attacked. I'm so sorry."
She thanks Almond for the public stewardship of the instrument:
"As a non-violinist, non-public figure, it has felt more natural to me to remain relatively anonymous. Not expecting the violin to participate in this tendency, I had the good fortune to find Frank to take loving care of it every day and to use his musicality and virtuosity to express his vision with its glorious voice. That he was concertmaster of the MSO was especially appropriate, as another goal was to give Milwaukee the gift of being able to hear the violin frequently. He has also acted as its human face and voice, giving interviews exploring his thoughts and feelings on getting to know this violin. He has put remarkable effort, talent and enthusiasm into making the first modern recordings of the Lipinski."
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Update on the saga of the Lipinski
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Very nice that the owner is more concerned for the safety of the violinist than of the violin.
So now some drug-addict is in possession of a centuries-old Stradivarius worth $millions, which at the same time, will be nearly impossible to sell because it is so famous.
I wonder what he/she will do with it?
I think that it was quite gracious of the owner to issue this statement. I’m sure that FRee Republic is not the only place where comments have been posted blaming the violinist for the loss of the violin and unjustly calling the robbery an ‘inside job’.
Some rich Saudi with typical Muslim values will buy it on the black market.
Either the attackers wanted the instrument for themselves, or they conducted this heist at the behest of someone else — a contract robbery.
It’ll end up in an episode of “Pawn Stars”.
They left out the rest of the quote
"...now I won't feel too bad when I KILL YOU!!!
The owner is very gracious.
Still, Almond should have shown the amount of care needed to keep the violin safe from thieves. I’m sure most of us would know how to do that.
If I were the owner of the Strad, I’d tell everyone that Almond is nuts!
"I own a Stradivarius violin. You've probably never heard it."
Chum will buy it and Rick will yell at him.
And the old man will get another car.
The “Beard of Knowledge” will show up and surprise everyone when he starts playing it like a pro after explaining the entire history of Stradivarius .
I’d say with 90% certainty that it was a contract job. Most likely for a foreign buyer who won’t fear showing it off.
Pretty much no chance that it was a random crackhead since the case was ditched.
The only other possibility is some fool that did an inside job simply to hold on to the piece
Personally, I feel for both the owner and the fellow who has been able to play it for her.
This begs one question.
Was it insured for the 3 million?
I wonder how bad does he really want it back?
I meant “she”.