Violin owner Jose Angel Pizzo, an Italian violinist who died in Italy last week, had played at several Italian violin schools and owned a shop in the capital, Rome, for decades.
Pizzo’s widow said she would never forgive his death, which happened last week at the age of 90.
The violin shop owner was found dead on a street in the southern Italian city of Florence on Monday, a day after being reported missing.
According to the local press, Pizzia’s wife, Elena, said he had been in trouble with the authorities because he was playing a concert.
She said the police had arrested his wife for not returning the violin after a week of playing at a school in Florence.
The shop owner’s daughter told the local news agency Corriere della Sera that Pizzi was also a violinist.
“My father always used to play the violin, even though he had many illnesses,” the daughter said.
“But when he had problems, he would say: ‘Why don’t you go back to the shop?'”
Pizzi, who was born in Tuscany and had lived in Rome since his teens, had a reputation as one of Italy’s most successful violinists.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was one of the top-selling players in the country.
In 1974, he won the prestigious Stelvio Prize, Italy’s highest prize for solo violinists, for his work in the orchestra.
Pazzi’s wife said that after the accident, she and her daughter had to move to Italy to escape the violence in her country.
“We left the house with our children and went to the railway station in Florence,” she told Corrieste della Serie.
“It was very cold.
When I reached the station, I was shocked to see that the shop had been burnt.
I rushed back to our house.
I was so afraid that my daughter and I would be killed that I went to sleep at night.
I went to work the next day and started repairing the shop.”
The fire broke out in the middle of the day.
The cause was not immediately clear, but Elena Pizzini said the fire was likely arson.
The family said Pizzio’s wife was in the store at the time, but they were not sure if she was there.
The local newspaper Corriero della Sistema reported that Pazzi, a former student of violinist Andrea De Pinto, was a respected musician and respected family man.
“It was a dream to be a violin virtuoso and a father to his two daughters.
He always played a concert every year at the Florence Conservatoire, which is where his daughter Elena worked,” Elena Pazzini told the paper.
The news of his death came as an emotional outpouring of grief and solidarity among violinists around the world, with many of the musicians taking to social media to express their grief and their sorrow.
“I hope I am not the last of the violinists who have been lost to fire.
I am the last one left.
I love you,” wrote violinist Janneke Cederberg on Twitter.
Many others echoed similar sentiments.
“The world mourns the loss of an artist, a person who was an inspiration and was always on top of his game.
My condolences to his family and friends,” said violinist Jens Ludwig in a Facebook post.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Pazzo told the AP that he had no intention of letting his daughter be killed, but he was deeply saddened by the situation.
“A man, a father, a teacher, an artist,” he said.