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Violinist Philippe Quint smiles before giving a concert in the taxi holding area at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday.

Violinist performs for cabbie

New Jersey cabbies are tapping their feet as the exquisite tones of a Grammy-nominated violinist fill the air at Newark Liberty International Airport.

About 200 cabbies have filled a parking lot next to a highway where trucks thunder past for Tuesday’s lunchtime concert performed by Philippe Quint to thank one honest driver.

Quint left his 285-year-old Stradivari in a taxi on a ride home from the airport last month. Driver Mohamed Khalil discovered the $4 million instrument and returned it to Quint.

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