O glaube: du wardst nicht umsonst geboren!
Hast nicht umsonst gelebt, gelitten!
Unfortunately, he is not playing either violin or cello any longer. He told me he could play instruments until age late 60s. It has encouraged me to do a bit more effort with my cello.
I haven't known of Len until meeting him in Tokyo this time. But I have found a guy whom I could share the feelings and interests with. It is always good to have such a friend in my life.