‘Passing Through’ a Violin’s Life

Violins-Life-The-Lipinski-Strad-300x300Back in 2008, I wrote here at the Hope Blog about getting to hear the voice of a 300-year-old violin come back to life in the hands of Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster, Frank Almond.

We were blessed to hear the Lipinski Strad and Frank once again at the Wisconsin Conservatory last winter where he mentioned the upcoming release of his CD called “A Violin’s Life.” The CD is now available. I wanted to share a new article from Violinist.com about the life of the Lipinski Strad that he plays. It has an amazing and fascinating history.

Here’s how Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond describes his relationship with the 1715 Lipinski Stradivari violin, which he has played since 2008:
“It is an honor and privilege to be passing through its life.”

And what a life it’s had: from the practiced hands of Antonio Stradivari in his “Golden Period”; to the famous and prolific violinist Giuseppe Tartini; to Karol Lipinski, rival to Paganini and friend to the Schumanns; to the Röntgens, a three-generation family of violinists tied to the Gewandhaus Orchestra; to America, to Cuba, then to the Estonian violinist Evi Liivak, who had escaped the Nazis in World War II — and now to Frank Almond.

“The more I learned, the more I was amazed,” said Frank

You can read the entire article here. Frank’s words, “It is an honor and privilege to be passing through its life” echo the sentiments of those who have also had the honor and privilege to see and hear this amazing violin in the hands of a master musician like Frank Almond.

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