It’s not often that you’ll hear of a violin bow breaking, it’s a very rare occurrence. In an article with The Times Stefan said “I’ve had a string break but never had a bow break”, and critics in the hall also commented on how they’d never witnessed such an event.
Remaining outwardly calm, Stefan took BSO leader Amyn Merchant’s bow and continued playing with only the briefest of pauses. The bow was a mid-19th century bow and reportedly worth about $30,000; Jackiw has owned it for 20 years and played thousands of concerts with it. We hope it’ll be repaired in no time!
You can watch the moment it happened below:
Don’t forget you can watch the full livestreamed performance until 9 June here. To find out more about Glière’s Violin Concerto click here