German star, stripped of Strad, plays New York on a loan violin
February 27, 2015 by norman lebrecht
Frank-Peter Zimmermann, his manager says, is ‘playing a Guarnerius del Gesù violin, which he has on loan for a few weeks from a kind benefactor,’ after the Stradivarius he had played since 2002 was repossessed.
Well, that’s nice. But all is not as clear as previously presented.
The owners of the Strad said they offered to leave it with Zimmermann on paid loan after the contract expired last week, but that this offer was rejected by the violinist, who is trying to buy the Strad at below the owners’ valuation.
This is not a great heart-string issue. It’s just about money.
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