In the press

August 9, 2019, L.A. Times

18-year-old gets handed a $2-million violin and a spot onstage at the Hollywood Bowl

 11:51 AM Moments after leaving the Hollywood Bowl stage Thursday night, Laura Kukkonen, an 18-year-old Finnish violin student, was beaming. She had just performed the first movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto alongside headliner Ray Chen and received a standing ovation, and she was surrounded by lights and cameras in a crowded dressing room with […]

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April 28, 2017,

Investing in Rare Violins and Cellos

The market for the greatest instruments is the subject of keen interest by seekers of alternative investments. In today’s economy, where investments in stocks, bonds, commodities, real estate and hedge funds have either been severely battered or are at record highs and possibly poised for declines, investors are increasingly seeking non-correlated alternative investments. Auction records […]

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June 21, 2018 Strings Magazine

How to Buy a Stringed Instrument at Auction

Following a few simple steps before you bid can save you a lot of headaches—and hard-earned cash Long tables fill the preview galleries at Skinner auction house in Boston, crowded with double rows of violins and violas in various states of repair. A few resemble carcasses, with big cracks or missing pieces. Others are in […]

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September 2, 2017 Berner Zeitung

Herr der Streichinstrumente

MUSIK SiehabeneineViolinegeerbtundmöchtenwissen,ob sie wertvoll ist? Der Amerikaner Jason Price führt den bedeu- tendsten Onlinehandel für Streichinstrumente. Nächste Woche kann man in Bern Violinen und Co. bei ihm schätzen lassen.

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September 6, 2017 Tribune de Genève

Quand le violon pulvérise des records

Ces bijoux boisés sont au cœur de riches transactions. Rencontre avec une experte de la maison d’enchères londonienne Tarisio.

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March 2017, Harper's Bazaar Art

A Sound Commitment

An Investment in Musical Instruments and Culture.  

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January 26, 2017

Zeigt her eure Geigen!

Eigentlich hat das Internet-Auktionshaus Tarisio, das auf Geigen, Celli und Bögen spezialisiert ist, seine beiden Firmensitze in New York und London. Seit ein paar Jahren geht es aber auch auf Tour und bietet kostenlose Termine an, bei denen man sein Instrument schätzen lassen kann. Gestern war Ortstermin in Mannheim, eine Gelegenheit für Martina Senghas, sich […]

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Winter 2016

Un violon n’est pas un trophée qu’on accroche au mur


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Winter 2016

Een viool is geen trofee om aan de muur te hangen

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August 25, 2016

Video of the day: a new interview with 94-year-old Ivry Gitlis

Gitlis looks back over a long career and remembers his times with Jascha Heifetz and Isaac Stern Produced to celebrate the 94th birthday of violinist Ivry Gitlis, the fascinating interview below (by Tarisio) explores his long life in music, his pivotal musical relationships with Jascha Heifetz and Isaac Stern, and his very special instrument, the […]

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July 1, 2016

THE ENTREPRENEURS Eureka #4​: Jason Price

American-born and London-based Jason Price shares highlights of a globetrotting life immersed in music and explains how he built Tarisio, the world’s premier fine-instrument auction house.    

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NRC, February 17, 2016

Bij vioolhandel is authenticiteit bepalend

Bij vioolhandel is authenticiteit bepalend Veilinghuis Tarisio Tariso is gespecialiseerd in de internetveiling van (vrij) dure violen en celli. Hoe werkt die handel? Wat bepaalt de waarde? In de Orange Room van het Conservatorium Hotel aan de Van Baerlestraat wordt vandaag een tiental violen verwacht. Jason Price, directeur, oprichter en taxateur van internetveilinghuis Tarisio (anno […]

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Kunst und Auktionen, March 13, 2015

Tournee durch Kontinentaleuropa

Streichinstrumente richtet sein Augenmerk mehr und mehr auf den deutschen Markt. Benannt wurde das Unternehmen nach dem italienischen Sammler und Händler Luigi Tarisio (um 1790 – 1854), der zu seinen Lebzeiten eine Vielzahl von kostbaren Violinen zusammentrug. In seiner Sammlung befand sich eine makellose, ungespielte Stradivari-Geige von 1716, von der er seinen französischen Kollegen stets […]

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Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, March 4, 2015

Violin-Schätze halten auf Weltreise in Basel

Es sind teure Kunstwerke, mit denen das Auktionshaus Tarisio gleichsam um die Welt reist. Nun hat das in London und New York domizilierte Haus Halt in der Gare du Nord gemacht. Um Interessierten, Musikerinnen und Musikern sowie Händlern aus Basel ihre wertvollen Instrumente vorzustellen. Die Kostbarkeiten liegen schön geordnet auf tischen. Der halbrunde Jahrhundertwendesaal im […]

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International Arts Manager, October 14, 2014

Tarisio launches Buy Now feature

Instrument auction house Tarisio has launched a new ‘Buy Now’ feature. The option allows online buyers to purchase items instantly at a fixed price in advance of the bidding process. The new functionality will be used in sale at Tarisio’s October auction in London. In 2013 Tarisio introduced ‘First in, Last out’ (FILO) allowing the […]

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Tages Anzeiger, October 1, 2014

Die alte Frau mit der Stradivari auf dem Estrich gibt es nicht mehr

Jason Price und seine New Yorker Firma Tarisio versteigern online historische Geigen. Vorher präsentiert man die Instrumente in Ausstellungen – am Donnerstag erstmals auch in Zürich. Eine wertvolle, hoch versicherte Fracht landet heute im Flughafen Zürich: zehn Violinen von Stradivari, Landolfi, Ga­gliano, Pressenda und anderen. Morgen werden sie im Zunfthaus zur Saffran zu sehen sein. […]

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The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2014

Urban Gardner: Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows Is a Testament to Timelessness

The majesty of New York City is that you can stumble across amazing stuff, even when you’re just trying to find the men’s room. That’s what happened a few weeks back when I visited Nola Rehearsal Studio on West 54th Street to watch a rehearsal of the Timeless Torches, Madison Square Garden’s middle-aged cheerleading squad. […]

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The Toronto Star, February 27, 2014

Rare Mezzadri violin surfaces in North York

Violin once played by Kathleen Szabo’s husband George is determined by Tarisio appraiser to be worth up to $100,000, but that just makes Kathleen’s decision harder. Jason Price turns the 275-year-old violin over in his hands, cradling the aged wood, running his expert eye along its varnished surface. “Fantastic,” he says. “Fantastic. That’s really a […]

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The Guardian, December 18, 2013

Stolen Stradivarius sells for £1.38m

New owners of violin stolen at a station cafe three years ago are said to be a British musical festival led by an English violinist A 317-year-old Stradivarius stolen from the side of an internationally acclaimed violinist in a station cafe three years ago has been sold at auction for £1.385m including the buyer’s premium. […]

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BBC News, December 18, 2013

Stolen Stradivarius sells for £1.38m

The stolen Stradivarius violin that was taken from Euston station in 2010 has sold for £1.38million at auction. It belonged to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kim. The instrument was recovered three years later by police in the Midlands. Made in Cremona in Italy in 1696 by Antonio Stradivarius, it is one of an estimated 600 remaining […]

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Mundoclasico, October 30, 2013

Movimiento en el mercado de violines

Durante los últimos días han aparecido en los medios de prensa diversas informaciones acerca de compras y ventas de violines. En primer lugar el pasado 19 de octubre se vendió por 1 millón de euros (triplicando su precio de salida) el llamado “violín del Titanic”, perteneciente a Wallace Hartley -el director de la orquesta del […]

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Classic FM, October 2013

Stradivarius stolen from sandwich shop to be sold

A £1.2 million violin stolen from Euston Station in 2010 will be auctioned on 18 December 2013. The thieves struck at a Pret a Manger café outside Euston station on 29 November 2010 as violinist Min-Jin Kym stopped to get something to eat. After three years of chasing leads, police found the instrument, undamaged, in the […]

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Huffington Post, October 23, 2013

This Famous Stolen Violin Could Fetch $3.2 Million At Auction

A violin that thieves tried to offload for £100 ($160) may end up selling for £2 million ($3.2 million), reports the Guardian. The 317-year-old instrument spurred a three-year police hunt that spanned international borders, ending with its recovery from a property in central England this year. Reports highlighted the guilt felt by the violin’s owner, the British prodigy Min-Jin Kym, […]

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The Sunday Times, October 23, 2013

How I Made It: Jason Price, Founder of Tarisio

MUSIC has been Jason Price’s life. A violinist’s apprentice at 14, he bought his first cello a year later and spent his days in the music shops of his home town of Alexandria, a few miles south of Washington, the American capital. “Music was an instinct, something I had to do,” said Price. “I knew […]

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UY Press, October 22, 2013

Un Stradivarius ofrecido por ladrones en 160 dólares puede superar los 3 millones en una subasta

LONDRES (Uypress) — Un violín Stradivarius fabricado en el año 1696 que fuera robado en una estación de tren de Londres en 2010 y recuperado este año, irá a remate, donde se estima que pueda superar los tres millones de dólares. El instrumento en cuestión pertenecía a la mundialmente famosa violinista Min-Jin Kym, nacida en […]

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Gramophone, October 22, 2013

Violinist Min-Jin Kym to sell stolen Stradivarius at auction

Tarisio will auction the instrument, which was famously stolen at London’s Euston Station, on December 18 this year Violinist Min-Jin Kym is selling her £1.2m Stradivarius, which was famously stolen at a Pret a Manger café at London’s Euston Station in November 2010, and returned to her earlier this year following a three-year police investigation across Europe. […]

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ITV, October 22, 2013

Violin thief tried to sell for £100 could fetch £2 million

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, which was stolen at Euston Station in 2010, when its owner went for a sandwich, could go for more than £2 million when it is sold at auction next month. The instrument was snatched by thieves from musician Min-Jin Kym, and eventually found intact in the Midlands, with some very minor […]

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London Evening Standard, October 22, 2013

Stradivarius violin which thieves tried to flog for £100 set to fetch £2m at auction

A Stradivarius violin stolen by thieves who tried to sell it for £100 could make more than £2 million when it is sold at auction next month. The instrument was snatched at a cafe at Euston station three years ago from acclaimed London-based musician Min-Jin Kym, who had played it since she was a teenager. […]

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Taiwanese and Chinese articles, October 2013

Articles on the 1696 Stradivarius violin

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Strings Magazine, January 2013

Online Auction House Tarisio Buys the Cozio Internet Instrument Site

The largest online archive of data on stringed instruments has been bought by an auction house planning a major website overhaul that may include removing ownership information. Tarisio, the online auction house that conducted last year’s record-setting $15.9 million online charity auction of the 1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin, purchased in September for an […]

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Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2012

Auction, Strings Attached

Antonio Stradivari left few traces when he died rich and respected in 1737. Even his birth date is guesswork. But what mattered most was already clear to contemporaries. Stradivari’s violins were so good that fake Strads soon began appearing on the market. On April 26, Tarisio, a young New York firm, will put the 1705 […]

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Strings Magazine, February 2012

The Million Dollar Guadagnini: Lorin Maazel’s 1783 Guadagnini Violin sold at Auction for charity

It’s not a Strad, but maestro Lorin Maazel will have you know that his 1783 Guadagnini is second to none. “The violin is one of the spectacular examples of Guadagnini’s expertise,” Maazel says. “Everyone loves his instruments. Strad is much more known, but the truth of the matter is that there are Guads that are equal or in some […]

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The Independent, June 21, 2011

Stradivarius: still priceless after all these years

As a 290-year-old violin is auctioned for millions, Andy McSmith celebrates the most famous brand in musical instrument-making One of the most valuable objects ever constructed out of spruce wood and sheep gut set off a concerto of mouse clicks yesterday as bidders around the world competed in an internet auction for what is known as […]

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BBC News, May 2, 2011

Stradivarius to be sold to raise money for Japan quake

An exceptionally well-preserved Stradivarius violin, the Lady Blunt, which fetched $10m at its last sale in 2008, is to be auctioned for charity. The 1721 violin is being sold by the Nippon Music Foundation, with the entire proceeds going to their Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The Lady Blunt set a record price […]

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Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2011

A $10 Million Fiddle? Stradivarius Takes Another Bow at Auction

In the world of violins, the Lady Blunt is royalty. Built in 1721 by Antonio Stradivari, the well-preserved violin sold for a record-breaking sum at auction in 1971. Now, it’s poised to repeat that feat. This week, the Nippon Music Foundation in Tokyo announced it will auction the instrument on June 20, with all proceeds […]

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Gramophone, October 2010

Stradivari Violin Sells for $3.6m – Beating Auction Record

The “Molitor” Stradivari was thought to have been owned by Napoleon A Stradivari violin known as the “Molitor”, thought originally to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte, has sold on-line for a record $3.6 million. The previous world record for a musical instrument at auction was held by Christie’s, who sold the “Hammer” Stradivari at their New […]

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The Washington Post, March 16, 2010

In His Hands, Antique Violins Reveal Their Past and Their Value

The Japanese factory owner bows as he presents his business card to the violin whisperer. The violin whisperer bows as he presents his business card to the Japanese factory owner. That formality aside, the Japanese factory owner opens the case that rests on the polished conference table between them. “Oooh, this looks good,” says Jason […]

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Strings Magazine, November 2009

Tarisio Online Auction Turns Ten

Tarisio, the New York-based violin auctioneer, held its first auction ten years ago this month — the first preview was held in a Boston pub. With multi-city previews and the actual bidding conducted later online, the specialist auction house nimbly took advantage of the best aspects of the brick-and-mortar approach and the new online format to […]

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Duke Magazine, July-August 2009


A new business model for old violins helps connect owners and musicians. Outside the Doris Duke Center in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, on a perfect spring night toward the end of the semester, well-dressed young people stroll on the patio and in the surrounding garden, drinking white wine and mingling, a stray goose strutting […]

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New York Times, November 2, 2008

Highest Pedigree Yields No High Bids for Cello

It was a remarkable cello, with an equally remarkable pedigree, and by all accounts it was primed to draw a record price as serious bidding began Friday morning on the Web site of Tarisio (, auctioneers of fine stringed instruments and bows. Sure enough, the cello, made in 1717 by Antonio Stradivari and named after […]

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London Times, September 8, 2008


The Fleming is named after Amaryllis Fleming, the half-sister of 007 author Ian Fleming. It is insured for £1.4 million A cello made by Antonio Stradivari and once owned by one of Britain’s best musicians is to be sold at an online auction next month – the first time such a rare, valuable instrument has […]

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Het Parool, 2008

The Cuypers That Wouldn’t be Auctioned

The American auction house Tarisio Auctions appraised violins, cellos and bows this weekend in Amsterdam for free. Dozens of people attended. Roland Muller from Bussum comes in with two violins under his arm. He wants to have them evaluated by Jason Price, one of the founders of Tarisio. He takes a violin from the seventies […]

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New York Sun, August 11, 2008


A rare Stradivarius cello is expected to set a world record when it goes to auction this fall. The cello, which was owned for decades by the British cellist Amaryllis Fleming, is being sold by the online instrument auction house Tarisio and carries an estimate of $1.75 million to $2.3 million. Made in 1717, the […]

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Gramophone, November 28, 2006


A cello bow by Francois Xavier Tourte has made nearly $200,000 in an on-line musical instruments auction. It was bought by a well-known European cellist who has chosen to remain anonymous. The bow, made between 1800 and 1810 by the maker most credited with refining the bow into the form it holds today, realised $196,000 […]

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Strings Trade, July 2006


Tarisio Auctioneers has just hired Naomi Sadler, editor of The Strad, to open a London office. Initially, Sadler says, she’ll be helping to publicize Tarisio’s expansion into Europe, traveling to trades shows, making the right contacts. “Tarisio has an extremely good profile in North America,” she says. “I’ll be making sure the rest of the […]

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The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2005


When Jason Price told his parents that he wanted to take a year off from Williams College to make violins in northern Italy, they were “kind of shocked,” he says. A great school such as Williams would plant him firmly on a traditional path to success. Why would he want to derail himself? But sometimes […]

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Strings Magazine, August/September 2003


Tarisio’s much-anticipated sale of the Isaac Stern Collection and other important violins and bows in May [2003] more than lived up to its hype, setting a number of records as it became the second highest grossing violin auction of all time at more than $3.3 million.

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Boston Globe, July 6, 2003

Music hit the high notes, too, with Tarisio Auctions achieving at its May online sale the highest auction price ever for an early period Stradivarius violin. That was $949,500 for the concert violin used by Jan Kubelik, the late conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for much of his career. Records also were set in […]

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Kansas City Star, May 29, 2003


The economics of classical music may be in the pits, but auction prices of composers’ manuscripts and rare violins are soaring upward like those of Monets or Van Goghs .. Earlier this month an online sale by Tarisio Auctions of several rare violins became the second-highest-grossing violin auction ever, bringing in $3.3 million. Among those […]

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Financial Times, April, 25 2003

When Jason Price, a partner at New York-based Tarisio Auctions, which specializes in fine and rare stringed instruments, received a call from somebody in Italy recently, he was startled to learn that a photograph of a Montanari violin from the company’s archive had turned up on eBay. It appeared that a fraudster had downloaded the […]

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Financial Times, April, 11 2003


Four year-old Tarisio recorded sales of $4m last year – about a third of the global market – which [Tarisio partner] Mr. Price attributes to specialist expertise and charging lower commissions than Sotheby’s or Christie’s. The company’s success also shows that online auctions are an increasingly viable way to sell globally, even for expensive items.

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