Turtle Island Quartet Violinist Loses Instrument in Montana

Classic Arts News   Turtle Island Quartet Violinist Loses Instrument in Montana
Evan Price, a jazz violinist and a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, lost his violin on April 8 after leaving it outside the Billings, Montana, airport, the Billings Gazette reports.

Price told the paper that he put the violin down on the curb while getting into a rental car. By the time he realized that he didn't have it, it had been taken from the curb.

The violinist spent two days visiting pawnshops and music stores in Billings this week; meanwhile, police examined surveillance footage from the airport.

The violin, an 1879 instrument built by Eugenio Praga, is worth about $50,000, according to the Gazette.

The TSQ blends classical music with jazz, bluegrass, rock, and other genres. The group won a Grammy Award this year in the classical crossover category for 4 + Four, a collaboration with the Ying Quartet.

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