A good and interesting violin made in 2015 by the Cremona-based and trained violin maker Felix Daniel Rotaru. The violin is modeled and strongly inspired after Antonio Stradivari’s late period work. The maker inserted many elements in this violin that would position it more closer to a bench copy, rather than a simply ”inspired by” type of instrument. The violin is covered with a warm brown oil varnish, laid over a golden-amber ground. The spectacular maple back is semi-tangential cut and in one-piece. It displays a unique flame pattern of dramatic depth and beauty. Such wood is a rarity and a collector’s item. The top is made of old italian spruce from Val di Fiemme, the historical forest that supplied Antonio Stradivari with tone wood, 300 years ago. All the wood used for this violin comes from the private collection of a deceased notable italian violinmaker – the wood is at least 40 years old, probably around 50.
Well-known in Europe for his very high acoustical level of his violins, Felix Rotaru has obtained with this instrument the eminently solistic-silvery rich sound typical for the late Stradivari violins that builds elegantly from lowest to highest registers; the instrument has notably impressive power as well as a melancholic yet consistent and firmly clear pianissimo. From a very brilliant, solistic, warm and perfectly focused E to the dramatic, powerful and solid G, the violin builds a round, complete and consistent sound. This violin is capable of all the means of expression needed by a top violinist with the highest expectations of function, power and beauty of sound. Especially thanks to the outstanding age of the wood, this violin sounds and feels like an old violin of the highest merit.
Felix Rotaru would be more than happy to demonstrate the acoustical capabilities of all his violins to demanding musicians located far away or overseas via video-call. Trained also as a classical violinist, he can play several key excepts form the established violin repertoire in order for you to judge the sound of his violins. Against technical limits that video-calls might have, one can still hear the sound and have a consistent idea about the acoustical qualities of the violin in discussion.
Felix Rotaru offers lifetime guarantee for all his instruments. Please inquire for details.