Joshua Bell's 300-Year-Old Staggering Stradivarius
Violinist Joshua Bell returns to Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, November 12 at 8:00 PM with pianist Sam Haywood for a recital in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. On the program is Tartini’s Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10, "Devil's Trill Sonata;" Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96; and Stravinsky’s Divertimento, plus additional works to be announced from the stage.
Throughout 2013, Mr. Bell celebrates the 300th birthday of his cherished violin, a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius. The rare instrument has a fateful tie to Carnegie Hall. On February 28, 1936, it was stolen from the Carnegie Hall dressing room of Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman while he performed in recital to raise funds to save Jewish musicians from the Holocaust. Mr. Huberman carried a double violin case with both the Stradivarius as well as a violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri. While performing on the Guarnerius, he left his Stradivarius in his dressing room where it was stolen by violinist Julian Altman. Altman covered the violin in shoe polish to disguise it for nearly fifty years, and the theft remained a mystery until he made a deathbed confession to his wife, Marcelle Hall. After his death, she had the violin authenticated, and after its return, it was restored and later sold to Norbert Brainin. In 2001, Joshua Bell acquired the long lost Stradivarius.