Moldova won’t give back a soloist’s Guadagnini

Moldova won’t give back a soloist’s Guadagnini


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2021

Just over a month ago, Customs officials at Chisinau Airport in Moldova seized a Guadagnini violin from the visiting international soloist Alexandra Conunova.

A week later, the Moldovan minister of culture issued a publc apology.

But the violin has not been returned.

Today, Alexandra messaged: ‘I’m still missing very much my violin….P.S Give me back my Guadagnini.’

In a separate post she writes: ‘Recent events in my life made me understand how important is for me to have a strong and supportive community.’

What is the matter with the Moldovans?


  • Brettermeier says:

    “What is the matter with the Moldavians?”

    Maybe something like: “We would love to lower the gas prices we just increased for you. I would like you to do us a favor though.”

  • esfir ross says:

    Nothing changed-still communist era mentality. Disrespect to laws, private properties. I’m not proud of my country of origin. I wouldn’t go to any former Soviet republic with valuable instrument.

  • Peter says:

    Moldavia and Moldova is not the same. Common mistake, but annyoing to observe. We are in this case talking about the republic of Moldova, the landlocked ex-USSR country.

    • Chris K says:

      Just to be overly safe, and very clear that we aren’t bashing Ms. Conunova.

      Per this article she wrote the following;

      ‘Recent events in my life made me understand how important is for me to have a strong and supportive community.’

      What is the matter with the MOLDOVANS?

      The capitalization above is MY edit, to stress that she knows WHERE she was playing, and WHO the people of that country which still had her violin are.

      “Moldavians” was written in the comments section mot by the violinist.

      Cut her some slack even if she did slight their nationality, which she didn’t, after all her violin was, for lack of a better word, STOLEN!

  • Emery says:

    A possible answer to the last question: Moldavia is run by a rent-seeking kleptocracy?

  • Geography, please says:

    This happened in Moldova, not Moldavia which is a term used only to denote the historical region that the Republic of Moldavia and the northeastern part of Romania descend from.

  • Genius Repairman says:

    The Moldavian Customs Official and the violin fell in love and have bee

  • Genius Repairman says:

    The Moldavian Custom official and the violin fell in love and have been on a whirlwind romance ever since. What other reason could there be?

  • MacroV says:

    Moldavia is a region that includes parts of both Romania and Moldova. Here we’re talking about the state of Moldova.

    • esfir ross says:

      Moldavian republic didn’t include parts of Rumania. Moldova ‘s region in Rumania. After break of USSR Moldavia became independent country and got Moldova as its name. Part of Moldova that predominantly Russian speaking broke off and it’s Transdniestria with Tiraspol as it capital. I was born in Transdniestria.


    I can think of 3 explanations: they’ve lost it; it’s been pinched; it is or has been on ebay! Joking aside though, has anyone in a diplomatic capacity attempted to press for an explanation?

    • Kathleen E King says:

      They BROKE it.

    • V.Lind says:

      Like who? She is Moldovan. Her MP? Maybe worth a try. Democracy is so new to them she probably never thought of that.

      But I got an MP here to do something involving an Iron Curtain country with which we did not have diplomatic relations on behalf of a constituent of his, who was a friend of mine. Surprising how many of the minionate brigade deliver when pressure comes from an official. Between us, we figured out a way, and it all went like silk, with nobody’s nose out of joint.

  • Dida says:

    All stupid comments…It is all about a mistake in custom procedure and not about moldovans… if it is to put things in this way what is the matter with Brits , Jews, Germans, Russians etc…? Think before writing …

  • Ciorba says:

    Moldova is a country of miracles. Few years ago billion dollars disappeared, and no one was responsible. Miracle!

    • Sisko24 says:

      LOL! Although that ‘miracle’ seems to be happening with increasing regularity in the U.S., U.K., Russia, Ukraine…..etc.

  • Ruby Yacht says:

    A maestro I know who worked there for several years, told me the nation is run by gangsters, mobsters and pirates.