The Lipinski Stradivari Violin Waist

The Lipiński Stradivari

The Stradivari violin played on by Frank Almond is known as the “Lipiński,” after the violinist Karol Lipiński (1790-1861), who performed on it during the 19th century, just one chapter in a fabled provenance that includes Giuseppe Tartini, The Roentgen family, and Estonian violinist Evi Liivak.

Over the course of a six-decade career, the unparalleled success of the Stradivari workshop has come to define the violin as we know it today and the Stradivari name as a symbol of excellence. Utilizing first rate materials, a high level of workmanship and an innovative vision the Stradivari workshop produced instruments en masse with blinding consistency to a degree that is arguably without parallel in the world of hand-crafted art objects. Built in 1715, the “Lipiński comes at the apex of this remarkable career.

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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.