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The violinist Stefan Arzberger, who got into major trouble after deliriously attacking a woman in a hotel (somebody had dropped something in his drink in the hotel bar) has rejoined the Leipzig Quartet after his case has been dismissed, he's in a new relationship and father of a new baby girl. He's concert master of the Munchen Philharmonic now, in addition to first violin in the Quartet.
As someone commented on Slipped Disc (where Lebrecht floated the hilariously weird rumor that Arzberger had asked for US citizenship after his delightful experience in NYC) hopefully he'll watch his drinks somewhat more closely henceforth.
Now, would the woman he tried to strangle think it's good news?
I read in one story that the woman was OK with his lenient treatment.
Did he enter the bar (before being drugged) for the purpose of
'socializing' with NYC Americans, whatever that socializing implies? He
could well have had room service send him the booze he so desired, if
there wasn't a stock of alcoholic beverages in a frig in his room. I'd
believe this drugged explanation if blood tests showed it to be true,
then again even if the tests came up positive, he could have bought the
drugs and taken them himself. Unfortunately many people in NYC use the
same drug, it's doubtful that the run around naked strangling people.
IAE NYC was probably "delighted" to be rid of him.
I don't know if a blood test was done if not why not, but video showed a
woman leaving his room and shortly thereafter his odd behavior began. I
think they believed him or at least thought a prosecution would not be
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And so one cannot help but wonder what Conrad Muck, the former Petersen violinist who sat in Arzberger's chair for two years, is going to do next.