Alban Gerhardt entering the US last Wednesday found that a careless security officer, shutting the cello case, had broken broke his bow in two.
The bow is a rare and precious Heinrich Knopf.
The German cellist told The Strad it was ‘an act of brutal and careless behaviour’. The magazine does not specify at which airport the incident occurred. We have contacted Alban for further details. We have also sought a reaction from the Transportation Security Administration.
Gerhardt had to borrow a bow for his performance of the Prokofiev symphony-concerto in Madison, Wisconsin.
Now read on here to find out what happened, in Alban’s own words.