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Oxford University lent historic violin to Syrian teenage violinist

Oxford University lent historic violin to Syrian teenage violinist

A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee. Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of his home in Aleppo and is now living in Lebanon. Film-maker Susie Attwood came across Aboud and saw his passion for music, but also his lack of an instrument. Oxford University has now lent the teenager the restored violin. The German-made violin is part of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, which has more than 2,000 examples of historic and modern instruments, tracing their development since the Middle Ages. ‘Positive contribution’ They can be used by academics, students and researchers, but for the first time an instrument from the collection is going to be lent to a young aspiring refugee musician. Curator Andy Lamb said that “the moment I read about this lad’s situation” he thought the collection “could make some kind of positive contribution”. “I immediately had an instrument in mind. It belonged to a former curator, Dr Helene Larue, a very generous person, and I knew that if she had been confronted with this situation, she would have donated an instrument instantly.” source/full story:...

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Violins.info – Definitive Violins, Viola, Cello Resources Site & Directory

Violins.info – Definitive Violins, Viola, Cello Resources Site & Directory

A very warm welcome to Violins.info, one of the most comprehensive websites for information and resources on violins, cellos, violas, double basses and other bow and string instruments. Information on the Violins.info website includes the latest news about some of the most famous violins in the world, we also bring you news on violinists and newsworthy events and performances. In the section dedicated to helping you find violin makers and restorers, you will find links to leading violin makers, restorers, dealers, auction houses, makers’ associations and leading violinists from around the world. Violin Makers Directory Violins.info includes a comprehensive directory of violin makers worldwide, which includes makers who make instruments related to the original viols, such as violins, violas, cellos, basses, viola da gambas etc. Some creative and adventurous violin makers also make instruments which, strictly speaking, are not from the viols family but a closely related cousin such as guitars and mandolins. Violin Restorers Near You Some of the oldest violins are reputed to produce some of the best sound. To keep violins made hundreds of years ago in playable condition, you need the services of violin restorers. That is why Violins.info has a comprehensive list of violin restorers in the UK and the rest of Europe. We also have listings of violin restorers in North America. You can use our listing pages to find the nearest violin maker in your area. If you are a violin maker, contact us to have your site listed on our makers directory. We do not charge to list violin makers and restorers in our directory, you just need to get in touch via our contact page and give us details of your business. We endeavour to have all listings online within a week. We will shortly be adding a directory of violin teachers to our portal. Without the vital services and dedication of violin tutors, we would not have some of the greatest violinists whose music we enjoy...

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Stradivarius Violin Stolen at Euston sells for £1.38m by Tarisio

Stradivarius Violin Stolen at Euston sells for £1.38m by Tarisio

A Stradivarius Violin which was stolen at Euston station in 2010, and later found in West Midlands has been sold by auction house Tarisio for £1.38 million. Bidding for the Violin started at £1 million pounds. The Violin was said to have been in excellent condition when it was recovered, the only thing missing when it was found was the bridge. The Violin belonged to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kim. The instrument went missing for three years. Made in Cremona in Italy in 1696 by Antonio Stradivarius, it is one of about 600 remaining instruments made by Stradivarius. It’s probably not one of Strad’s finest Violins, one of the best instrument this fantastic violin made went for over £10 Million pounds in an auction in the...

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The Lady Blunt Stradivarius Violin to be auctioned

The Lady Blunt Stradivarius Violin to be auctioned

One of the few extremely well preserved Stradivarius Violins, The Lady Blunt is to be sold by its current owners, the charity, Nippon Music Foundation to help raise money toward the rebuilding of Earthquake devastated part of Japan. The Violin which fetched a record $10 million when it was bought by the Nippon Music Foundation in 2008 is expected to fetch much more that $10. Each time The Lady Blunt is sold, it fetches more than the previous buyer paid for it. The entire proceeds from the sale will go into the coffers of Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The Lady Blunt will be sold online on the 20th of June 2011 by auctioneers, Tarision. Leading Violin dealers and restorers said an excellent specimen of a Stradivarius like The Lady Blunt rare come up for sale. Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund continues to receive donations from within Japan and around the world as the clean up and the complication caused at the damaged Fukushina nuclear plant continue to make the clean up of some of the damages wrought by the earthquake and Tsunami extremely difficult. President of Nippon Music Foundation , Kazuko Shiomi, was quoted as saying that “Each of the instruments in our collection is very dear to us. “However, the extent of the devastation facing Japan is very serious and we feel that everyone and every organisation should make some sacrifice for those affected by this tragedy.” There are speculation at the moment about the amount The Lady Blunt will fetch on 20th of June with some dealer speculating that it will be sold for at least twice what Nippoon Music Foundation paid for it as investor in the traditional investment instruments look to diversify their portfolio of...

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World Smallest Violin

World Smallest Violin

World’s smallest Violin Amongst the stringed instruments within the violin family, the violin is the most diminutive as well as one having the highest pitch and that is what makes it so special and sets it apart from the viola and the cello which are the other members of this family. When you consider that it is just a bowed string instrument having just four strings tuned to the required frequency or pitch, you are really amazed at the important role this instrument plays in all types of music formats such as jazz, folk, pop and even rock and roll. The violin is also referred to as the fiddle and though its origin goes back a long way, it really came of age and got most of the current features during the 16th century and the 18th century. Violinists from Austria, Italy were instrumental in giving it the unique identity it now possesses through continuous innovation and modifications. It usually is made of a soundboard or spruce, maple ribs, a neck, bridge, two end posts, the four strings and many other fittings that include a chinrest. It has a very sexy hourglass shape well accentuated by the two concave depressions at its waist. The violinist generates wonderful music by using the bow and drawing it across the strings and manipulating the strings either with the fingers or by other techniques to produce the required pitches. The sound produced out of a violin depends on the wood, its thickness and the coat of varnish on the surface. The last two that is the wood and the varnish usually tends to improve and get better as the years go by and that is the reason why old violins are so much in demand. To put together the various components as mentioned above and make it functional as in a normal violin which is about 35.5cm long requires great expertise and craft. When you consider that somebody spent more than seven years in taking pains and effort to make a violin that is only 1cm in length with all the normal components and is due to be accepted as a Guinness World Record, it is something worth applauding and marveling at. When you consider that this gentleman from Guangzhou has improved on his own previous effort of making one only 2.2cms long in the year 2002, you are in a better position to appreciate his zeal, enthusiasm and dexterity of hand. Chen Lianzhi, the 66 year old violinist who has made this amazing violin comes from a family of musical instrument creators and has been at this craft since he was nine years old. He was thus...

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Welcome to Violins dot info

Violins.info – Violin Music Blogs Welcome to Violins dot info, the website and blog about Violins, Viola, double bass and other stings instruments. We bring you news, information and resources about Violins and related instruments including information about Violin shops, dealers and players. We accept Violin, Viola and related instruments news for publication on this blog free of charge. Please use the contact page if you have news or information you would like us to publish on this...

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