Violinist Charles Castleman To Donate $1 Million Violin to Frost School of Music

Violinist Charles Castleman has donated his 1748 Guadagnini violin, valued at over $1 Million, to the Frost School of Music's instrument collection

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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 GalamianJosef GingoldHenryk 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.

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