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New York, June 29, 2016.  Today, world-renowned violist Stefan Arzberger favorably concluded the criminal case that has been pending against him for 15 months by entering a guilty plea in Supreme Court, New York County to the misdemeanor charge of reckless assault in the third degree. Mr. Arzberger entered the plea without any factual admission, and was immediately sentenced to no jail term and an unconditional discharge, thus bringing the case to a close.

On March 27, 2015, Stefan Arzberger, first violinist of the Leipzig String Quartet and former member and concert master of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, was arrested and charged with serious felony offenses in New York Criminal Court relating to an assault upon a guest of the Hudson Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where Mr. Arzberger was staying in anticipation of a scheduled concert later that day.  His agent immediately secured the representation of the prominent criminal defense firm of Levitt & Kaizer, which secured Arzberger’s release on bail the following day, Saturday March 28, 2015.

Extensive defense investigation in the weeks and months that followed revealed that Arzberger was himself a crime victim in the hours immediately preceding his arrest. Arzberger’s attorneys submitted extensive evidence to the NY County District Attorney, including psychiatric and toxicology reports, hotel and bank surveillance videos, and credit card information, demonstrating that Arzberger was almost certainly drugged by another person who stole Arzberger’s wallet, credit cards and iPad in the early-morning hours of March 27, as he lay unconscious in his room at the Hudson Hotel.  It was in this involuntarily drugged state that Mr. Arzberger had left his room and entered the room of the hotel guest.  Largely through Arzberger’s and his attorneys’ cooperation, the NYPD and the NY County District Attorney’s Office arrested and prosecuted the thief on felony theft charges, resulting in that person’s guilty plea to fraud and sentence of 6-months in jail following by 4 and ½ years’ probation.

On June 29, 2016, after an extensive re-evaluation of the case,the NY District Attorney’s office commendably dismissed the top counts of the indictment, which included attempted murder,and authorized Mr. Arzberger to plead guilty, without a factual admission, to reckless assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Also, by agreement, he was immediatelysentenced to no jail term and an unconditional discharge, with no probationary period or fine.  The criminal case, therefore, has been concluded.

Mr. Arzberger thanks NY District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., for prosecuting the person who victimized him and for agreeing to a just and fair resolution of the criminal charges.

Mr. Arzberger is anxious to reunite with his family and move forward with his life and his music.  He says he “thanks all those who resolutely stood by me, emotionally and spiritually, as well as those who generously housed and supported me, both here in the United States and


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This website has been launched by a private support group for Stefan Arzberger. Our goal is to provide factual information and to raise funds for the defence of Stefan Arzberger in New York. We want justice for him.

Everyone of us has very individual motives for the engagement. They are as different as our touchpoints with ‎Stefan Arzberger. We are explaining our history with Stefan in the section “who we are“.

Stefan’s case brought us together. His fate has touched us. We have realized how suddenly and unexpectedly one can find himself in such a terrible situation. We have all contributed to his defence efforts or donated money. It is not enough. Stefan needs more help. Are you ready for it?

We have created an account to receive your donations. It is administered by Stefan’s father. ‎You can find more information about the account in the section “how you can help“.