Clemens Hellsberg, the erudite violinist who has steered the Philharmonic through multiple pitfalls through the past two decades, has broken his arm and will miss the annual showpiece concert for the first time in memory.
Hellsberg, 61, slipped while walking on an icy road and underwent surgery on a complicated fracture of the elbow. It will be three months before he can play again. He managed, however, to collect Daniel Barenboim from the airport last night and will appear at the pre-New Year’s press conference. We wish him a full recovery.