The Stradivarius Affair
It isn’t every day that a street criminal—a high-school dropout with two felony convictions—is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipiński Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical. Read the complete feature in the November 2014 edition of Vanity Fair by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Buzz Bissinger.
The Joel Van Haren Documentary “Plucked” receives its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday April 28.
Plucked tells the story of a stolen Stradivarius violin, its half-competent crooks, Milwaukee’s finest, who had no idea what a Stradivarius looked like (or why it was worth millions of dollars), and the violin and violinist that both lived to play another day.
A Violin’s Life Vol. 2: Music for The ‘Lipiński’ Stradivari
The saga of the Lipiński Stradivarius continues in this sequel to the critically acclaimed A Violin’s Life. We include compositions that have a connection to this storied violin’s history and pedigree. After a close brush with tragedy when the violin was stolen in 2014 and recovered after a valiant police pursuit, the violin’s story begins another chapter.
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