Violinist’s joy at being reunited with 1695 Stradivarius violin

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is delighted to have helped reunite Dutch violinist Thijs Kramer with one of the first Stradivarius violins he ever played.

Thijs, a former musician with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and Rotterdam’s Philharmonic Orchestra, first played the instrument which belonged to his teacher’s companion over 40 year ago.

We invited Thijs to come and play the violin once more after he contacted us having recognised the instrument from this picture, posted on our Facebook page:

It was great to host Thijs and see how happy it made him to be reunited with the instrument. Below are some pictures from his visit:

Thijs pictured above with two Stradivarius violins and two other fine Italian violins.

Thijs talking to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins restorer Adam Pelzer.

Reunited at last! Over 40 years on and Thijs finally gets to play the 1695 Stradivarius once more.