Five years ago I interviewed Roman Totenberg, the virtuoso violinist. He was 99 at the time, still driving, still teaching and he told me the fascinating story of his life. At the end of the interview he showed me his violin, a Guarniri which he kept hidden in his closet. What I didn’t know and he never told me was that at one time he had owned a Stradivarius. If you cut and paste the below link, his daughter, Nina Totenberg takes up the story.

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The below picture from the 1950s, Roman Totenberg (second from the left) with Artur Rubinstein in Rio de Janiero. Look at those suits!

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