A bite from an exotic spider endangered the life of Daniel Roehn, a first violinist at the Lucerne Festival. During rehearsals for Beethoven’s Eroica, Brahms Tragic Overture and Lied der Waldtaube from Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Daniel’s leg became red and swollen.
After the first concert he was admitted to hospital with a high fever. What seemed to be an infected mosquito bit was later diagnosed as the bite of the deadly violin spider, Loxosceles reclusa, of Texas origin. Daniel was on a drip for three nights before he could return to the orchestra.
The incident has not been reported on his website or in Swiss media. We have received this account from a mutual friend and we share it with considerable sympathy, having suffered a similar bite while conducting a Lebrecht Interview in Italy a few years ago.
Daniel is a grandson of Erich Roehn, Wilhelm Furtwängler’s Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster; his father was concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra for nearly 30 years.