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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.

Read more about Antonio Stradivari

Antonio Stradivari, deservedly the most famous violin maker of them all, was born in 1644 and worked in Cremona, Italy. By 1690 he had become the dominant force in bowed string instrument building in Europe, a status he retained until his death in 1737.

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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.

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