An expansive gesture by a conductor had disastrous consequences during a concert in northern Portugal.
The violinist was performing a Tchaikovsky concerto on his 1809 Nicola Lupot violin when the conductor inadvertently knocked the instrument out of his hand.
Even if you’re watching this in the comfort of your own home, it’s impossible not to give a sharp intake of breath as the more than 200-year-old violin crashes to the floor.
Luckily, the instrument was found to have a crack running up from the f-hole which is reportedly repairable.
Despite the undesired interruption, Assis proceeded to complete the concerto on the concertmaster’s violin.