Flute virtuoso is mugged and beaten in Moscow stationmain
The solo flute of Russia’s National Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Shamidanov, was attacked by three men in a Moscow subway station, robbed of his instruments and money and beaten badly, according to local music media.
He suffered a dislocated shoulder and has issued a desperate appeal for the return of his instruments.
He said one flute, made in Boston was bought for him by the conductor Vladimir Spivakov for the specific purpose of playing Shostakovich symphonies. Its estimated value is half a million rubles ($16,000).