The Price of Stradivarius Violins

Stradivarius instruments are holding the top-5 places when it comes to prices ever paid for any musical instruments, and the most expensive violins made by Stradivarius are those he crafted during his so-called golden period (1700 to 1725). Here, we’ll take a look at the price of Stradivarius Violins.

Stradivarius violins from that period are having opening bids at auctions of several millions of dollars. Here are a few examples:

  • Maxim Vengerov, the Russian violist, bought the 1727-crafted ‘Kreutzer’ violin for almost $1.6 million in 1998. Vengerov owns four Stradivarius violins in total.
  • Stradivarius’ 1720 Red Mendelssohn violin was sold in 1990 for $1.7 million. The unique instrument was bought by the grandfather of violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn who received it as a birthday present when she turned 16.
  • The 1699 Lady Tennant violin was sold at an April 2005 Christie’s auction for slightly over $2 million.  The instrument was bought by the Stradivari Society of Chicago to be played on loan by violinist Yang Liu, and later (in 2009) by Yossif Ivanov.
  • Stradivarius’ Soloman ex-Lambert (1729) was auctioned at Christie’s in 2007 for $2.7 million to an anonymous bidder.
  • Stradivarius’ 1707 ‘Hammer’ violin was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for $3,544,000, a world record for any musical instrument at that time.
  • In 2010, a new record was set when at a Tarisio auction, concert violinist Anne Akiko Meyers acquired the 1697 ‘Molitor’ violin for $3.6 million. The Molitor is said to have been previously owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Stradivarius’ Lady Blunt violin was auctioned online by Tarisio in June 2011 for $15.9 million, more than 4 times the previous record  The proceeds went to the Nippon Foundation to help fund the relief efforts after the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami.
  • The 1731 ‘Kreutzer’ violin, listed at a 2014 auction at Christie’s for f $7.5 – $10 million, did not reach the reserve price at a sealed-bid auction.

So you see, a Stradivarius instrument is an emotional and financially secure investment that will only rise in value.

Practicing Violin Effectively in Less Time

Is having talent overrated? Practicing Violin Effectively in Less Time!

Well, this may surprise you a little, but if you want to be a great violinist, freeing up some more practice time is not enough! It’s more in the WAY that you’re spending your practice time.

images-33I’ll give you an example. Around one year ago, there was a student who visited me for just one lesson who, for a period of some five years, had been teaching herself.

She said she had practiced consistently one hour a day for those five years before she came to me for her first lesson in my studio.

You may feel that if someone had been practicing for so long, she would probably sound pretty good, but that’s not necessarily so. If somebody spends lots of time on practicing in an improper way, their progress may very well stagnate, and they may even get set back immensely.

Take Shelly, on the other hand, a student of mine who’s just over 50. If she would have been practicing for five years and would have sounded like this, she definitely wouldn’t have been happy about her progress, but she had practiced effectively! It was a great help to her that I had shown her how to practice in the right way, and that I provided her with the proper mindset.

Stradivarius Instruments

Let’s check out Stradivarius instruments. Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737) was an Italian craftsman predominantly famous for his violins, but he also made cellos, lutes, harps, guitars, and violas.

Stradivari is considered and recognized as the greatest and most significant artisan in this specific field.

U.K. based Hills & Company violin experts are estimating that Antonio Stradivari made 1,116 instruments and that 960 of them were violins.

They also estimate that of all Stradivari instruments, some 650 survive, including some 450 to 512 of his famous violins.

The instruments made by Stradivari are recognized as the finest and best bowed stringed instruments that were ever created. They come with high prices and are today still favored and played by the best professionals.

There’s actually just one other violin maker, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, who has received comparable respect among the world’s best violinists.

It is believed that Stradivari was in 1644, in Cremona, Italy, though there still exists some uncertainty about his birthplace, his childhood, and how he had managed to turn into Italy’s most skilled and famed luthier.

Best Strategies For Audition Preparation

unnamedA lot of people often wonder if last-minute practicing before the “real thing” is actually helpful. Just like some furious practicing to warm-up before a sports performance or looking over flashcards before a GED or an ACT exam. Well, this may seem like a highly productive exercise but the question is: does it really help? Let’s check out the best strategies for audition preparation.

Great athletes and performers understand that they’ve already done all the work. They know that during the last few hours before the big thing, the most important thing is that they get into the appropriate emotional, mental, and physical state if they want to perform at their best.

In the same way, students need to understand that taking practice tests will prove more effective than reading through a book during the last minutes before an exam.

How to avoid Learning Plateaus

9466126-beautiful-young-woman-playing-violin-stock-photo-violin-musician-musicIf you want to become an artist, or a real professional, you need to (among many other things) cultivate an internal evaluation locus, your own personal concept of exactly what beautiful art, success, and excellence mean. So let’s see how to avoid Learning Plateaus.

What it feels like, sounds like, looks like, and feels like. This is, after all, one of the fundamentals of your artistic DNA. This is what is giving us our one-of-a-kind voice. If we put our head too deep in the sand, though, we may run into another sort of problem. When our learning process is stagnating, we may very well get stuck on a plateau…

We’ve all had this sort of encounters, where we practice harder thane ever before, put in a lot of time, but where we, for whatever reason, don’t seem to be able to take it to the next level. Full of frustration, we begin to get the idea that we’re missing something, some technique element or some knowledge that could us there, but we don’t have a clue, what could it be? So we’re stuck on ore plateau…

Now how can we overcome these situations, how can we break through these terrible plateaus? How can we get unstuck?