MingHuan Xu, a concert performer who is director of the string program at Roosevelt University, reports that three instruments were stolen from her town home in Chicago's South Loop on Wednesday morning, as her family slept. One was a 1758 Nicolò Gagliano violin that had been on loan to her by a private sponsor for 20 years. A $10,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of the violin.Violinist
"This violin has been such a companion to me throughout my musical journey. Losing it is like losing a family member," Xu said. "Even though I am extremely grateful that we came out of this physically unharmed, my heart is shattered."
Also reported stolen was a violin made by Oliver Radke in the late 1990s and a half-size cello that her son played.
The Gagliano was in a purple hard-shell violin case by William Harris Lee & Co., decorated with some flower and butterfly stickers. The violin was insured.
Xu, who plays in the Ensemble Dal Niente and the Grossman Ensemble, had been preparing for a performance at the University of Chicago on May 20.
"According to surveillance cameras in her neighbor’s garage, the suspect entered her house around 3:45 a.m. while the family was sleeping after being able to open Xu’s closed car and clicking the garage button inside the car," said a report in the Chicago Tribune. "The family didn’t realize someone had been inside their home until 4:37 a.m. when one of their alarms activated."
Xu said she did not think it was a targeted burglary.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of the stolen violin. If you have any information about the stolen Gagliano violin or other instruments, please contact the Chicago Police Department by calling 312-744-8263. Below is a flyer with additional information:
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