It has been announced this week that American violinist and pedagogue Charles Castleman has donated his 1748 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, valued at over US $1 Million, to the University of Miami Frost School of Music‘s newly-established fine instrument collection.
“We are very moved by this extraordinary gift to our school by Charlie – who is one of the world’s most renowned performers and teachers of the violin and a beloved member of our faculty … ” Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. Berg has said.
“While this extraordinary instrument is worth a great deal of money, its value cannot only be measured in dollars … it is an invaluable tool in our mission to provide an incomparable music education to aspiring young musicians today,” he has said.
A student of Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold, Henryk Szeryng and David Oistrakh, Mr Castleman is a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth and Tchaikovsky International Violin Competitions – and has served long term teaching positions on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Frost School of Music.
A second gift of a rare early 18th Century Guarneri violin has also been donated to the collection, by the Miller family, the school has indicated.