Alfredo Contino violin waist

A Violin by Alfredo Contino, Naples, 1920

The violin shown on this page is representative of the high quality Alfredo Contino’s output from the period just after 1916, when his mentor, Vincenzo Postiglione, died and Contino succeeded him as head of the Postiglione workshop. Contino who produced many of his best instruments during this time, the early years of his career.

This example is designed on a Gagliano model, much like Postiglione’s Gagliano model. The materials are of high quality and the varnish is particularly successful, features that become less reliable later in Contino’s working period. As is usual for Contino, the model and arching of this violin is favorable for tone and it functions very well as a musical instrument. The violin retains its original label and is no worse for the 100 years of life it has seen so far. 

A violin by Alfredo Contino, 1920

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Stefan Hersh

Stefan Hersh brings a unique confluence of skills to his role in launching the Guarneri Hall not-for-profit: As a violinist he has held key positions in major orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony. As a chamber musician he has performed nationally as a member of the Callisto Ensemble, the Chicago String Quartet and at numerous music festivals. As a pedagogue he has served as Associate Professor of violin at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities and has given master classes throughout the United States. He is a founding partner of Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago.