Did a violinist smash his instrument during Carnegie Hall concert?
August 9, 2017 5:16 PM Subscribe
Legend has it that a famous German violinist played at Carnegie Hall after the war. Public criticism, fueled by anti-German sentiment, said he was talented only because of his Stradivarius. During his performance, people applauded at the end of the amazing first movement, instead of waiting until the end, to signal their snarky opinion. The violinist waited politely until the applause died down, and then smashed his violin to pieces. He turned to the shocked and silent audience and said "And now I shall play my Stradivarius." Did this actually happen? When? Who?