I haven’t tried a new model of violin in a few years and have been itching to do so. A couple of people lately have mentioned Guadagnini, which i haven’t made before. I’m fortunate to have a copy of the great book of the instruments shown in the Guadagnini exhibit in Parma in 2011 to study. For makers who have made or players who have played Guadagnini instruments, any thoughts or tips? Favorite instrument by Guadagnini? #violin#violinmaker#violinist#guadagnini
There are two music icons on New Bond Street at the moment. Over at Sotheby’s you can buy three cellos that belonged to Mstislav Rostropovich (including this Guadagnini), his Karelian bed (but not the Suite 🙄), and various art, including this rather oddly cheeky Dalí. Over at the Halcyon Gallery, someone has had the wheeze to get Bob Dylan to write down his lyrics, match each with a quick sketch, and sell a print for £1,500. He’s a decent artist, but I can’t help feeling he’s having a laugh at the mugs who buy these things. And also at the ‘but is it poetry?’ anti-Nobel Prize crowd. When you see his lyrics written down like that, they certainly don’t look like poetry and I gave up trying to read them – they work much better as songs. (Unlike Leonard Cohen, whose lyrics read just as beautifully written down.) I wonder if he’s sticking his fingers up at the world. I came away empty handed, which is probably a good thing. And I wonder if the two men ever met – there’s a thought... #sothebys#rostropovich#cello#guadagnini#halcyongallery#bobdylan
"Rostropovitch & Vishnevskaia: The Private Collection"
42. Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1711-1786), Violoncelle (détail), Turin, 1783, 1,000,000-1,500,000 GBP @sothebys
The cello was sold by Hills in 1913 to a Miss Sybil Mounsey-Heysham of Castletown, Cumbria. Mounsey-Heysham was an amateur violinist and instrument collector and was a friend of Ralph Vaughan Williams. She owned a 1564 ‘Charles IX’ Andrea Amati violin, which she donated to Tullie House in Carlisle in 1949.
The cello was still in the possession of the Mounsey-Heysham family in the early 1960s, when it was sold to Derek Simpson, the cellist of the Aeolian Quartet. He parted with the instrument in 1964 and it was sold by Max Möller to a German amateur musician and collector, who eventually assembled a quartet of Guadagnini instruments including the ‘Hartmann’ violin of 1752 and the ‘Spohr’ of 1780.
The cello remained in the same family until the year 2000, when it was sold to Rostropovich. Mstislav had it brought to his flat in Paris, where he merely plucked it briefly before declaring his intention to buy it. The deal was consummated the same day over a long lunch, during which Rostropovich explained why he had always wanted to own a Guadagnini cello. At the age of 18 he had won the gold medal at the Soviet Union’s first ever competition for young musicians, and he attributed his success to the Guadagnini cello which he had used on that occasion. After he left Russia in 1974 he took the Guadagnini to a violin maker in Switzerland who declared that it was mis-labelled and nothing to do with that maker, so Rostropovich promised himself at that point that one day he would own a fine Guadagnini cello.
#guadagnini ex #rostropovich ex #mstislavrostropovich#sothebys#cello#violoncello#violoncelle
A most brilliant violin maker in action @adam.pelzer ! Sound adjustments, finding the best set up and general service on your instrument is often a lot of work! In my case, with a 250years old(!!) violin, not build for flying around the world in an aircraft every week, I’m super grateful and happy with all your work on my violin! and thanks a million for last week! Had to jump to London for a day in the middle of touring, strings were 4,5-6,5mm high, which is quite extreme. Happy face afterwards🤩🙏🏻💥👍🏻 #london#violinmaker#florianleonhard#marisamuelsen#guadagnini
Musicians at all levels must constantly reinvent ourselves, learning new things about our technique and the music we play, practicing out bad habits to solidify good ones. Even now, on the cusp of earning my DMA degree and having a career in a major symphony orchestra, I routinely discover new ways to improve upon all aspects of my playing. Personally, one of my biggest struggles is with tension. I must actively focus on the concept of "opening up" to prevent myself from tightening my muscles and exerting too much energy in movements that inhibit my best playing. One way I work on this is by shaking up the physicality of my practice - play in a new space with a softened version of power stance, for example. I've also done things like practice on the floor lying down, or with my scroll resting on a surface level to my shoulder (properly padded of course!) or even while singing or loudly humming along.
The process of creating and progressing (which I think is a much better word than "perfection"), is never finished for us - and that is a very beautiful thing ✨
What are some of the ways in which you progress and reinvent yourself as an artist??
#100daysofpractice Day 45. #violin#violinist#music#musician#musicianlife#artist#performer#practice#practicemakesprogress#bach#ciaccona#guadagnini#reinventyourself#recitalprep#dmalife
No better way to recover from jet lag than playing some INCREDIBLE instruments! Joel and Camden checking out some winners at #tarisio in NYC just after an overnight flight. Nice Bach, Joel! (Sorry about the portrait to landscape switch in the middle... y'all can deal!) #guarneri#montagnana#guadagnini#bach#violin#cello