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Violinist plays for taxi driver

Mohamed Khalil, a taxi driver and owner, holds a medal from the city of Newark
Mr Khalil was presented with a medal last month by the city of Newark

A violinist who left his 285-year-old instrument in a taxi in the United States is playing a concert to thank the driver who returned it to him.

Philippe Quint is giving a private 30-minute performance on Tuesday in the cab waiting area at Newark Liberty International Airport.

He left his violin, a 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius, in a taxi on the way back from the airport last month.

The driver, Mohamed Khalil, got in touch the next day to return it.

Mr Khalil, who was born in Egypt, was given a reward of $100 (£50) by Mr Quint, and was also presented with a medal from the City of Newark.

In addition to the airport performance, he and his family are also being given tickets to Mr Quint's next New York performance, at Carnegie Hall in September.

The violin was made by the Italian Antonio Stradivari, and then owned by the 18th-Century German composer and violinist Christophe Kiesewetter. It has been valued at $4m (£2m).

In 2006 the Stradivari Society arranged a loan of the instrument from its current owners, Clement and Karen Arrison, to Mr Quint, who has been nominated for a Grammy award.

After leaving it in the taxi on his return from a performance in Dallas, he rang the police and the port authorities of New York and New Jersey.

The following day Mr Khalil was put in touch with Mr Quint, and soon the violin was returned.

Source: BBC

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sungguh menyentuh perasaan.

Theres just so much hate in the world,
i wish people would write about everyday kindness more often.

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