Korean violinist Hanh-Bin is in good company. Like Philippe Quint and Gidon Kremer who forgot their violins, or Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell who forgot their cellos in New York taxis, Hahn-Bin left his 18th century, $600,000 violin in a taxi yesterday.
On a ride from Lincoln Center to Chinatown, Hanh-Bin left both his credit card and his violin behind. But thanks to the cab's GPS it didn't take too long to track down the missing instrument. The driver was off duty in New Jersey, but he had the violin. Hahn-Bin and his violin were reunited just hours later.
The mohawked Hahn-Bin and his violin will play Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center this October.
In 1999 it took Yo-Yo Ma two hours to track down his $2.5 million cello.