‘I’ll smash your violins if you don’t pay maintenance’

September 24, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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The trial has opened at Nagoya District Court of a Chinese woman who is accused of destroying 54 of her Norwegian husband’s precious violins and 70 bows.

Qin Yue, 35, is alleged to have threatened her estranged luthier husband that she would ‘destroy the violins if he did not pay’ for the upkeep of their two children.

The luthier’s name is being withheld in court proceedings.

The damage is estimated at $140,000, a much lower sum that previously claimed.




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