Theft alert: Four youth orchestra members are robbed at Prades

Theft alert: Four youth orchestra members are robbed at Prades


norman lebrecht

July 30, 2017

The viola player Camille Bonamy has issued an appeal to watch out for four stolen instruments. They were burgled from Camille, 18, and three other players – Elie Hackel, Luka Ispir, Lisa Strauss – while they appeared with the French Youth Orchestra (Orchestre francais des jeunes) at the Casals Festival at Prades on the night of 28-29 July.


The instruments are:
A 1903 Italian Monterumuci violin, on loan from a German foundation. Stolen wthout its case.

A Polish made violin, Krupa Fecit, 2016.

A French viola, Friedrich Alber, 2015, avec deux archets dont un de Doriane Bodart (2014). Grey case.

A French cello, Frank Ravatin, 2001. White case.

Camille asks for this message to be shared ‘to the maximum’.


  • Holly Golightly says:

    Ah, the joys of “the migrants” where the Mafia has been the only winner. Too bad. You’re going to lose a lot more that your musical instruments, I’m betting.

  • Patrick says:

    I certainly hope your readers didn’t need to have the name of the youth orchestra translated into English.

    • Wai Kit leung says:

      I have seen a reader of this blog who couldn’t spell “Johann” as in Johann Sebastian Bach correctly (that person spelt it “Johan”)

      • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

        So what? In French it spells Jean-Sébastien.
        Even the ones who could spell Johann know nothing about “great and excellence”.

        • Wai Kit Leung says:

          Well, I expected a faculty member of a well-known conservatory to be able to spell Bach’s first name in its original language. I was wrong though, as that person also couldn’t spell Wiener (she spelt it Weiner).

  • Peter Gross says:

    Ummm, ‘Krupa fecit’ means ‘Krupa made it’ in Latin; but I think there are a few Polish violin makers sharing that surname…