Roberto Ruisi, 18 last week and concertmaster of the UK National Youth Orchestra for the past three years, has been given a Stradivarius to play for his next performances.
The instrument, valued at £1 million, is owned by John Ludlow, a violinist who was the youth orchestra’s first leader in 1948. Ludlow bought the instrument in 1965 when Strads were still just about affordable. His lovely gesture is reported in the Birmingham Mail.
photo (c) Jason Alden