Vilde Frang

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang will be loaned the 1734 ‘Rode’ Guarneri del Gesù violin by a generous benefactor. The project was facilitated by Steven Smith of leading violin dealers J & A Beare and Stephan Jansen, co-founder of the Stretton Society, a private philanthropic club that supports classical music and musicians through various stringed instruments and platforms.

Frang commented: “Words cannot describe what a milestone the discovery of the ‘Rode’ Guarneri has been for me. Having had the privilege to explore an incredible selection of instruments recommended by J & A Beare in search of the right instrument, the ‘Rode’ happens to be the violin of my dreams. Thanks to them, and to the incredible generosity of the Stretton Society who have secured the long-term loan, I feel truly blessed that I am able to keep on playing on it! My joy and gratitude are expanding every day.”

The violin has an illustrious history, having been played in the past by celebrated virtuosi such as Pierre Rode, Norbert Brainin and Kyung Wha Chung. It is preserved in beautiful condition and produces a powerful sound, full of rich tonalities.

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