Every string player's nightmare...


A priceless 250-year-old viola broke during a classical musical performance last Thursday in Torino, Italy. Famous Russian viola player Yuri Bashmet was playing a "Carlo Testore" viola made in 1758 when the unthinkable happened. The viola broke in his hands. During the concert broadcasted on Italian television, the viola's tailpiece gave way, meaning the instrument's bridge fell down and all four strings gave way. Bashmet took the disappointment like a champ. After a shrug, applause from the audience and a brief interruption, the Russian string player picked up where he left off with a loaned viola from the orchestra's first viola player and finished his performance.  


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