Ex-wife who smashed 54 violins is jailed for 2 years

Ex-wife who smashed 54 violins is jailed for 2 years


norman lebrecht

July 20, 2018

A woman who wrecked her luthier husband’s musical instruments in the midst of an alimony dispute has been sentenced to two years by a Japanese court in Nagoya.

Qin Yue, 35, wrecked 54 violins and 70 bows and scrawled graffiti on the walls of her husband’s workshop.

She is described as ethnic Chinese, he as a Norwegian in his 60s.

Their divorce was finalised in 2016.

Qin Yue is appealing the sentence.

Court report here.


  • Rgiarola says:

    An ethnic Chinese in a Japanese prison…she will pay very hard for her madness.

  • John Borstlap says:

    She merely performed Johannes Kreidler’s “Audioguide”:


  • Phillip says:


  • Sue says:

    In Australia only men are the instigators of domestic violence. Just so you know.

  • SVM says:

    Time to pass similar sentences on reckless/aggressive security personnel and baggage handlers at airports… judging by all the reports on Slipped Disc (which are, surely, the tip of the iceberg), some of them must have got through at least 54 instruments (not meaning to disregard the 70 bows).

  • David K. Nelson says:

    The sentence would have been 5 years, but she also smashed some violas.