Stolen violin missing for 35 years thrills audiences
A Stradivarius that was stolen and missing for 35 years is returning to the stage for the first time since being recovered in 2015. The ‘Ames Stradivarius’ was bought by renowned virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg in 1943. It was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1734. Totenberg’s former student Mira Wang had the honor of giving the first concert performance with the instrument since it was stolen from Totenberg’s dressing room in 1980. Totenberg had a long and distinguished career performing on the world’s greatest concert stages. He never saw the instrument again and passed away in 2012 at the age of 101.