A prized violin that was stolen while its owner snoozed on a hot subway train in New York City has been recovered. “I’m, of course, overjoyed!,” Tom Chiu wrote Wednesday in an e-mail message about his Scarampella violin. The violin and his backpack were stolen June 27 from Chiu, a Juilliard School graduate and founder of the avant-garde Flux Quartet. Chiu, who calls his violin his “heart and soul for the last 13 years,” wrote that the violin and the backpack and its contents were turned in at the lost-and-found section of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, and a transit official contacted him late Tuesday. The violin was made in Italy by Stefano Scarampella, one of the most highly regarded violin makers of the early 20th century. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!