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24 February 2017, 12:31
When Julian Gil Rodriguez’s E-string snapped during a concerto, he was a model of professionalism - and so was the first violin desk.
It’s an occupational hazard and there’s always a chance it might happen, but it doesn’t make the prospect of a broken string during a concert any less terrifying.
And when you’re halfway through the Korngold Violin Concerto, well, that’s just inconvenient. Violinist Julian Gil Rodriguez was in that exact situation but, when the string snapped, he displayed lightning-quick reactions and barely missed a note.
All hail the first desk of the first violins, who were equally quick to provide an alternative violin and chin rest:
You can watch the whole thing from a different angle here: