1759 Guadagnini Violin
|Maker:||Giovanni Battista Guadagnini|
|Current Player:||Helena Rathbone|
|Sound Notes:||Rich, dark and strong|
|Owner:||Commonwealth Bank of Australia|
|Date Loaned to ACO:||1996|
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT
Affectionately nicknamed ‘the Chocolate Monster’ by the ACO’s Principal Violin Helena Rathbone, this instrument produces a rich and delicious sound not unlike its nickname.
Cited as an excellent example of Guadagnini’s work, from his latter years in Parma, Italy, this instrument was purchased by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and has been on loan to the ACO since the late 90s. It was originally played by ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti until 2006, when Principal Violin Helena Rathbone became the instrument’s custodian.
The back of the instrument is made from a single piece of maple with an irregular broad curl, as are the ribs, and the scroll made from a maple with less flame. The varnish is a rich reddish-brown colour on a gold ground.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Born around 1710, Guadagnini stands out as the last of the great Italian violin makers of the 18th century. Guadagnini’s career was as varied as his style of craft, moving as he did through Piacenza, Milan, Cremona, Parma and finally Turin. He inherited the traditions of the Cremonese school through his father Lorenzo, but studies of his instruments show deliberate signs of continual evolution and progress. The sound of his instruments today attest that Guadagnini was indeed one of the great masters.