Australian Violinists

Four Strings, One Bow, 300 Years of Virtuosi

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Their rarity is priceless, their brilliance undeniable.

So precious are the surviving 453 violins built by master instrument crafter from the 17th century Antonio Stradivari they each have a name.

By Unknown – Oberndorfer, Anne Faulkner (1921). What we hear in music. Camden, NJ: Educational dept., Victor talking machine company, Public Domain

Many have such a terrifying price tag that they are purchased purely as investments, then benefacted to the world’s most gifted instrumentalists. Stradivari produced 960 violins in his lifetime and has produced some of the most high-priced instruments in history.

Perhaps the most expensive ever sold was in 2011 for US$15.9 million. The instrument, nicknamed The “Lady Blunt” was built by celebrated craftsman Stradivari in 1721. See The “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin being auctioned below.

The Stradivarius are an elite collection of instruments crafted by Stradivari in his 60-year career. 300 years later, musicians still describe the experience of playing a Stradivarius violin as “jaw-dropping” and “awe-inspiring”.

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs on the “Davidov”, Andre Rieu produces Viennese Waltz extravaganzas on the “ex-Captain Saville”, Julian Lloyd Webber plays the “Barjansky”, and Joshua Bell on the “Tom Taylor”.

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Considered the only Stradivarius in existence in as-new condition, the “Messiah” is valued in the hundreds of millions. It has rarely ever been played and was made during Stradivari’s ‘golden period’. These are the 12 most expensive violins of all time.

Peg box of The “Lady Blunt”. The ‘PG’ inscription inside the scroll indicates the violin was made during Stradivari’s “golden period”, believed to be when he made his finest instruments.

Event Considerations

Do you want to give your guests an experience that outshines all others? Relieve yourself of string ‘groups’ parading out tired show tunes while clamouring for attention. Consider the power of a single virtuoso as master of their instrument, live on stage.

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If a display of world-class virtuosity appeals, talk to us about integrating classical headliners at your event. Call 1300 884 485 today.

In doing so, you will bring a level of prestige, excellence and elegance usually reserved for the world’s great concert halls.

As history unfolds before you, an Australian violinist at the pinnacle of their profession will perform a selection of music crafted purely for your event.

It is talent at its purest and most intimate.

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Gav George

When his school music teacher loaned him a cassette tape (yes, he's that old) of a fusion band, Gav entered the jazz world after years of classical music training. He was lucky enough to play with some of the greatest living jazz musicians and toured key festivals. Then Enhance founder Alison Clarke called on Gav to work on the company's marketing. This led him to his new passion of… marketing! Gav oversees Enhance's marketing initiatives, gets a kick out of connecting with clients and unearthing new talent. Gav still has that cassette tape, so if his music teacher reads this, please get in touch so he can return it.

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