• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever

Two Violins Stolen from Brobst Violin Shop in Virginia

Three bows and three cases were also stolen from the business


Two violins, three bows, and three high-end cases were stolen from Brobst Violin Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 4, 2024.

A suspect provided stolen identification from one Marcus Povinelli in Massapequa, NY and the suspect appears to be operating under this name as an alias. He requested Brobst Violins to ship the items to an address in Henderson, NV.

The stolen instruments include:

French violin by Nestor Audinot, labeled "Nestor Audinot Paris 1881". Stock number on a white pricing sticker is 133/31 - price $45,000. See photos here.

Italian violin by Luigi Mozzani, Cento 1927 and labeled internally. Stock number on a white pricing sticker is 95/49 - price $35,000. See photos here. 

American violin bow by Thomas Dignan, branded above the frog. Inventory sticker reads 154/95, located on the ebony frog - price $5,500. See photo of similar bow here.

German violin bow by Richard Grunke, branded "Richard Grunke". Inventory sticker reads 130/06 located on the bow frog - price $6,000. See photos here.

French violin bow from the Jerome Thibouville-Lamy firm, branded "Lavest". Inventory sticker reads 158/03 - price $5,500. See photos here.


Three high-end cases made by the Musafia Case Company in Cremona.

  • Enigma by Musafia - price $2,857
  • Master Series Aureum by Musafia - price $1,839
  • Ultra Light by Musafia - price $1,295


If you have any information on the whereabouts of these objects, please contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-324-7329. Police Report Control # 224709, Financial Crimes Section.

Information can also be shared with Brobst Violins: 800-886-3554 or [email protected]

upcoming events

july 2024

16julAll Day27Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello & Baroque Cello Competition(All Day) Thomaskirche Leipzig, Thomaskirchhof, Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsBaroque Cello Competition,Cello Competition,Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello Competition

august 2024

19augAll Day24Tibor Varga International Junior Violin Competition(All Day) Ferme-Asile, Promenade des Pêcheurs 10 1950 Sion SuisseEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Tibor Varga

22augAll Day01sepKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition(All Day) Schöntal Monastery, Klosterhof 6, 74214 Schöntal, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

26augAll Day30London Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS, United KingdomEvent Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competition

30augAll Day01sepBanff International String Quartet Festival(All Day) The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Box 1020 Banff T1L 1H5 Canada Event Type :Other Event TagsBanff International String Quartet Festival,string quartet


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right