What would Stradivari say about a fiddle player performing on one of his relic violins? Perhaps he'd break into a jig--but as far as playing fiddle on a Stradivarius goes, we now have proof. Sadie Dingfelder at the Washington Post dropped into the Smithsonian and played a little tune on the violin too her own awe at its unique and masterful tone.
A Stradivarius that was pilfered from Roman Totenberg's office at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts some 35 years ago has finally been returned. The Totenberg family has reclaimed the instrument but sadly, Roman is not alive to witness it.
Audience members at opening night of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival on June 4 will be treated to two world-class violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers and Vadim Gluzman, playing Bach’s Double Concerto on priceless instruments.
A rare Stradivarius viola, famously owned by Baron MacDonald of the U.K. in the 19th century, will be auctioned by Sotheby's this spring. Sotheby's has set a starting price of $45 million for the instrument, which is far and away the highest price ever asked for a musical instrument.
Strad Fest L.A. is a fiddler’s dream: It will bring together eight rare Stradivarius violins in three musical programs presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on March 27-29.
Our favorite downtown dwelling, (Le) Poisson Rouge, is once again bringing you the best in hipster classical (or anything endeavoring to be it). Apropos, the Australian Chamber Orchestra's little sister, ACO Underground, will perform a one-off electro-acoustic gig at (L)PR on March 20.
Two Milwaukee men have been charged with stealing the "ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin that was recovered by police on February 5.
Milwaukee County prosecutors say that three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin, FoxNews.com reported earlier today. Two men, ages 36 and 41, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested by Milwaukee police on the morning of February 3. All three suspects are Milwaukee-area residents.
The owner of the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin that was stolen from violinist Frank Almond last week has issued a statement about the theft. Far from expressing anger, she expresses concern for Almond and devastation that the theft occurred, saying to Almond, "First, I’m so happy that you are safe."
Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, reported the theft of his "ex-Lipinski" Stradivarius violin on January 27, as he was walking back to his car after a concert. The violin, worth an estimated $6 million, was on loan to him from an anonymous benefactor.
Any year brings its share of joy, sadness, triumphs, tragedies and just plain weirdnesses. We journalists are there to document them all. And yet we enjoy a good story, or feel emotion at a heart-wrenching one, as much as anyone, so in looking back at 2013 these are what spring to mind. At a time of political and economic upheaval (for all that various experts speak of an economic recovery starting to take hold), sadly many of the ones that ran and ran are of a rather melancholy vein.
The world-famous Stradivarius violin that was stolen from London’s Euston Station in 2010 and later recovered was sold on December 18, 2013 for £1.385 million including the buyer’s premium. The "ex-Kym" Stradivarius has been sold by Tarisio, the leading auction house for fine stringed instruments.
UPDATE: The Strad that was stolen from a London Pret A Manger back in 2010--amazingly recovered, unharmed, three long years later--is going on sale at auction on December 18. "This violin was a faithful friend for many years, and I was devastated by its loss," Min-Jin Kym said. "Its recovery is an absolute relief, and I am eager to hear the violin onstage once more. I wish its next owner all the best of luck and success."
Armed with an Arca-Swiss camera and Phase One IQ280 digital back, photog Søren Jonesen met with Andy Lim from Darling Publications to shoot a $15 million, 299-year-old Yoldi-Moldenhauer Stradivarius.
A happy ending for a Strad stolen in England, appropriately enough at a time when Oxford's Ashmolean Museum has mounted arguably the finest exhibition of Stradivarius instruments in living memory.