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Founded in 2003 as a public registry of iconography, provenance and pricing information for historical stringed instruments, Cozio encompasses over 30,000 individual instruments and bows by over 2,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 50,000 historical auction prices.

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G. Guadganini viola

Composer John Woolrich’s string works

The leading British composer talks about the inspiration of string sound and why the viola is his favorite instrument

By Ariane Todes

John Woolrich has always been inspired by the sound of string instruments, as his extensive list of compositions attests, from his Three Pieces for Viola of 1993 to his double concerto for viola and bass, To the Silver Bow, which will be premiered in February 2016, and many works in between. When composing, he likes to have a specific sound as his inspiration. He explains: ‘You have to have a sound in your head...'

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