Forgotten on train, Kremer’s violin returned

When the Latvian-born soloist Gidon Kremer took the stage with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he almost had to perform without his multi-million dollar violin.

Fortunately, two Amtrak train employees found the instrument Kremer had forgotten and returned it in time for his two concerts with the Maryland-based orchestra, according to the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post newspapers.

Kremer, who told reporters he was preoccupied with how to replace a violinst in his Kremerata Baltica who had taken ill, forgot the USD 3 million Guarneri del Gesu violin Jan. 28 on a New York-to-Baltimore train.

The violin is 300 years old.

The two Amtrak employees who found the violin were Kremer’s guests during the Jan. 30 concert. The violinist dedicated his encore to them.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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