May 15, 2023

Fiddlesticks! Solo violinist’s bow snaps mid-concert

Stefan Jackiw has played with the same faithful bow in more than 1,000 concerts and practised with it for tens of thousands of hours.

So when the $30,000 bow snapped during a concerto, Jackiw was shocked. “I’ve had a string break but never had a bow break,” he said. “Most violinists in a lifetime of playing won’t have a bow snap.”

The New Yorker was performing a solo with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing in the UK premiere of a concerto by Reinhold Glière. “The striking thing was there was nothing particularly percussive or aggressive about the passage. It was just a freak accident,” he said...

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