Time ran out this weekend for Frank-Peter Zimmermann. The German virtuoso has surrendered his Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius to a financial body, Portigon, that is obliged to sell it for the highest price.
The violinist has played the instrument on loan for 12 years and has been trying to buy it at a price suggested by two independent valuers, in the region of three million Euros. Portigon is seeking an extra million on top. At this stage, it seems unlikely Frank-Peter, 49, will ever see his Lady again. He is playing the New York Philharmonic this week, on a less familiar instrument.
In an unrelated scenario, Alexander Pavlovsky, a member of the Jerusalem Quartet is desperately seeking a new instrument after his on-loan Pressenda violin was sold by the owners. The quartet posted the following appeal last night.
Dear friends ,
Your help and advise is needed!
Our first violinist Alexander Pavlovsky is desperately looking for a new instrument !
His Pressenda violin, which he has been playing for last 10 years, is being sold now by the Syndicate which owns it.
If any of you knows any foundation, private collector or a sponsor that would be interested to help, please let us know.
Very much appreciate your help.