Japan arrests luthier’s ex-wife for smashing 54 violins

July 26, 2017 by norman lebrecht


A musical instrument seller has been arrested in Tokyo for allegedly breaking into her ex-husband’s workshop in Nagoya and smashing 54 violins, worth $1 million, during their divorce proceedings three years ago.

The suspect has been named as Midori Kawamiya, 34.

The luthier’s identity has been withheld. He is described as a 64 year-old Norwegian.




Comments (4)

  1. Fritz Curzon says:

    plus at least one ‘cello

    1. Andy Lim says:

      Double Bass

  2. John Borstlap says:

    Maybe she had seen, or read about, a recent work at the Darmstadt Summer Course and decided to perform it in the service of personal animosity:

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