Concert catastrophe: violin knocked from soloist’s hands by enthusiastic conductor

June 20, 2016

It’s every violinist’s worst nightmare… As soloist Rómulo Assis was performing the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Orquestra do Norte, conductor Nuno Côrte-Real’s enthusiastic gesticulation knocked the instrument from his hands and sent it crashing to the ground.

The incident took place at a concert in Amarante, Portugal on 11 June 2016. The instrument, a Nicholas Lupot, sustained a long crack, but is thought to be repairable.

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