He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
Cellist Mike Block was about to perform a sold-out show in Portland, Oregon, when he realised that this had happened to his beloved cello.
Block opened the case to find a whole heap of damage had been done at some point during his flight on Southwest Airlines:
After receiving some repairs from a local luthier and borrowing a replacement instrument, Block then continued on to San Diego. Unfortunately, his cello suffered another injury on the way: