The Taiwanese musician who lost a HK$2.5 million antique violin for 10 days after he fell asleep on the Star Ferry said the incident taught him a lesson, and he plans to be 'more focused and alert'. 'I was worried at first,' said Lee Chia-hao, 25, in an e-mail from Japan where he is on tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra. 'But Mr Pontzious and Keith told me HK police are very responsible,' he said, referring to orchestra conductor Richard Pontzious and general manager Keith Lau. 'So I had faith in them. I am very glad that the violin was recovered so soon.' The violin, made by Italian Gaetano Guadagnini II in 1838, went missing after the first of four Asian Youth Orchestra concerts in Hong Kong on August 10. It was recovered as a result of a police raid 10 days later on the Ma On Shan flat of a food salesman. The antique violin is one of 450 stringed instruments in the collection of the Chi Mei Museum in Tainan. Lau said Lee was so upset by the loss that he could not play at a Mahler rehearsal the following day. Out of desperation, he paid out of his own pocket for adverts offering a reward for the lost violin. Lau said the media's focus on the loss had put enormous and unfair pressure on Lee. 'Yo Yo Ma once left behind his priceless cello in a New York taxi trunk, too,' he said. Lee said 'I need to be more focused and more alert' in future.