Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows, in New York, has this month announced the upcoming auction of a 1750 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin - previously performed on by violinist Joshua Bell during his formative teenage years.
“I officially started my career in 1982 at the age of 14 - while continuing my studies at Indiana University under the great Josef Gingold …” Joshua has said.
"I was unable to afford a great violin at that time, but thankfully Indiana University was in possession of this wonderful Guadagnini violin and kindly lent it to me during this crucial period in my musical life … I played dozens of concerts on this fine violin and have fond memories of its glorious tone,” he has said.
JOSHUA BELL | TCHAIKVOSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | JOSEF GINGOLD MASTERCLASS | 1982 | 12-YEARS-OLD | 1750 G.B. GUADAGNINI VIOLIN
Tarisio has indicated they sold a similar instrument, by the maker, in June of 2018 for US $2.1 million.
The instrument is owned by the Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and all proceeds from the sale will benefit its students and faculty.
Other highlights of the upcoming May 16th Tarisio sale include a rare Guarneri viola - and an original manuscript by John Cage.
Full catalogue available at: www.tarisio.com