‘Naked’ string quartet leader steps down for next concertsmain
The Leipzig String Quartet has announced that Matthias Wollong, principal concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Raphael Christ, leader of the second violins in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, will stand in for Stefan Arzberger in the next two weeks.
Stefan is fighting charges that he assaulted a female guest at a New York hotel, where he was found wandering naked. He claims he was the victim of thieves who spiked his drink. His legal defence fund has reached 92 percent of its intended target, with contributions from 137 friends, fans and supporters.
‘We hope that Stefan can be back for his duties soon,’ says the Quartet’s statement.
UPDATE: Lawyer’s statement here.