Before leaving for 16 days with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony in Japan, I filed an article about the incredible theft and recovery of this legendary violin and the impact the experience had on Frank Almond, who had it in his possession:
The article ended without being able to verify if the violin was indeed going to accompany Mr. Almond to our city for his performances at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
Last night after returning from Japan early in the morning, I was at Packard Hall reviewing the 3rd Faculty Artists Concert of the festival:
During intermission, I chanced upon violinist Stefan Hersh, a great friend of Almond’s and a member of the festival’s faculty, who was involved in the authentication of the stolen instrument.
He confirmed that the “Lipinski” Stradivarius was indeed at the festival in Almond’s hands and that he was glad that word had not gone out about its presence here before Almond was able to return home with it without incident. Almond left after his June 15 concert.