A violin made partly from driftwood from areas devastated in the 11 March 2011 tsunami in Japan is to be played in a musical relay of concerts around the world, reports the Mainichi Daily News.

The violin is being made by Muneyuki Nakazawa, a 71-year-old Japanese maker, restorer and collector. The instrument will incorporate maple and pine wood that he collected from debris in Iwate Prefecture.

Nakazawa has called the project 'Sen no neiro de tsunagu kizuna' (Bonds made of a thousand tones). Ivry Gitlis will be the first of 1,000 violinists to perform in the musical relay when he gives a concert in Iwate on the first anniversary of the disaster.