The instrument belongs to Hofkapelle München artistic director Rüdiger Lotter


A violin by 18th century French maker Claude Pierray has been stolen in Grafrath, near Munich, Germany.

The 1714 instrument belongs to Rüdiger Lotter, who has served as artistic director of Baroque ensemble Hofkapelle München (the Munich Court Orchestra) since 2009.

The violin was stolen from the musician's house, while he was away on holiday, he has informed The Strad.

A contemporary of Jacques Boquay, Pierray is considered one of the finest early French makers. His output includes viols, violins and small cellos.

Anyone with information about the stolen violin is asked to contact Lotter via the Hofkapelle website.

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