203:

A FINE ITALIAN VIOLIN BY GIOVANNI BATTISTA GUADAGNINI, MILAN, c. 1750

203: A FINE ITALIAN VIOLIN BY GIOVANNI BATTISTA GUADAGNINI, MILAN, c. 1750


Sold by the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University to benefit the students and faculty.

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Placentinus fecit Mediolani 1750."

Joshua Bell performs on this violin in a 1982 Josef Gingold masterclass.
(Permission granted to Tarisio by copyright holder, Charles Avsharian, Shar Music Company.)


“I officially started my concert career in 1982, at the age of 14, while continuing my studies at Indiana University with the great Josef Gingold. I was unable to afford a great violin of my own at this time, but thankfully Indiana University was in possession of a wonderful Guadagnini violin, which they kindly let me use during this crucial period of my musical life, until I was finally able to purchase an instrument of my own. I played dozens of concerts on this Guadagnini, and I have fond memories of its glorious tone.” - Joshua Bell 

LOB: 35.5 cm

  • Certificate: Tarisio NY, New York, NY (Apr 24 2019)
  • Insurance valuation: Kenneth Warren & Son (photocopy), Chicago, IL (May 9 2007)
  • Insurance valuation: Kagan & Gaines, Chicago, IL (Sep 18 1963)
  • Letter: Indiana University Music School (photocopy) (Aug 5 1982) Granting Joshua Bell use of the violin to travel to Switzerland for concert and audition purposes.
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (Mar 20 2019) Dating the latest visible rings of the treble and bass sides to 1739 and bearing strong correlations to five other Guadagnini violins from the period. A printed report is available for purchase upon request.

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