About the Instrument
Known as the 'Belgiorno' Stradivarius, as it was purchased by ACO Chairman Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM and Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis for the long-term loan to the ACO, this violin is regarded as one of the most remarkable violins in existence and bears the trademarks of the Golden Period violins with its beautifully flamed maple backs and rose varnish.
The violin was made during the later years of Stradivari’s life and is a pinnacle example of the celebrated craftsman’s work. It was formerly owned by Dr Reginald Hilton, a distinguished physician and amateur violinist.
About the Maker
Antonio Stradivari (1644 - 1737) is widely acknowledged as the greatest violin maker of all time. Stradivari’s instruments exhibit a unique blend of tonal excellence, design, beauty to the eye, and accuracy of workmanship. Most of the world’s great violinists have played instruments by Stradivari, including Heifetz, Perlman, and Menuhin.