Royal Academy violin professor is criticised in court defeatmain
The former Royal Academy of Music professor Mateja Marinkovic has been ordered to pay one of his past students the full value of a Landofi instrument that he acquired from her when she urgently needed the money.
Marinkovic, who conducted his own defence, did not attend the judgment hearing, having been diagnosed with Covid-19.
At Central London County Court, Judge Ian Avent ruled that he had underpaid Ruzica West for her precious violin and took a harsh view of the professor’s account of events.
The judge said: ‘I find his statement of that value was not true. Prof Marinkovic obviously did not believe that the French violin ‘had an obtainable value of £12,000′. My finding is clearly supported by the evidence of Mr Horner whose expert evidence categorically disposes of any valuation in the region of £12,000. Accordingly, I find that despite his protestations to the contrary, Prof Marinkovic cannot have had a genuine belief that this was the value of the French violin and therefore knowingly made a false representation or was otherwise reckless as to the truth of that statement.’
Court report here.
Marinkovic left the RAM three years ago to teach in China.