NY soloist sues dealer over violin payback

NY soloist sues dealer over violin payback


norman lebrecht

January 05, 2016

Eugenia Choi, who has been in the tabloids for other reasons, has filed suit against a former business partner over an unorthodox method of purchasing a violin.

eugenia choi

According to court papers, entrepreneur¬†Samer Hamadeh asked Choi in 2008 to help him identify a pedigree violin that she would perform in high places, thereby ‘removing the instrument from obscurity.’

She recommended a Giovanni Battista Rogeri, which Hamadeh bought from dealer Rene Morel for $353,400.

Choi leased the instrument from April 2008 to March 2012, paying around $28,878.

Hamadeh then allegedly sold it on for half a million, without telling Choi or giving her a cut of the profit.

The auction record for a Rogeri violin is $519,004 in Oct 2011.

More here.



  • Robert says:

    “…Hamadeh is the founder and CEO of the on-demand wellness company Zeel.”

    The NY Post had to invent a euphemism for “massage”?