STUDIO ArtBreak: ACO and Stradivarius Violin

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Satu Vanska, Assistant Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, would never have guessed early in her career that she would currently be playing a Stradivarius.

The violin was purchased by the ACO Instrument Fund, joining 3 other classic instruments purchased to be played by members of the company.

The violin-craftsman Antonio Stradivarius has become a household name, coming to prove the epitome of excellence in violin-making. Stradivari created the violin almost 300 years ago in 1728, when the craftsman was approximately 80 years old. Surviving wars, history and many generations of violinists, the instrument shows the bright, brilliant yet warm sound for which Stradivari’s violins have become famous.

In this ArtBreak, Satu discusses how humbling she feels it is to play the instrument, and she and Artistic Director Richard Tognetti play beautiful pieces by Prokofiev and Paganini.

The ACO is now inviting members of the public to nickname the instrument. The best suggestion wins the chance to go backstage at an ACO concert and meet Satu and her famous instrument. Click here for more information.