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Elophe Poirson, an extraordinary life story – by Chann Cornilleau

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Violins as Investments in the Press

A collection of articles discussing the benefits of fine instruments as investment pieces, and how the market has evolved over the years.

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Discovering the FLFV violin making process with the Epoch Times

Take a journey through Florian Leonhard’s creative process, workshop and life story with this article published by the Epoch Times.

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FLFV Features in the UK Chinese Journal

Florian Leonhard meets with the UK Chinese Journal to share his story, from his childhood in Mittenwald, Germany, through to his London-based dealership and workshop.

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Florian Joins Philharmonia Orchestra’s Board

The UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra’s chairman, Michael Hoffman, welcomes Florian Leonhard as the latest member of their Board of Trustees.

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Discussing violins as investments with The Mail on Sunday

Florian offers his insights on fine violins as investments and syndicates as a cost-effective entry step into investing in fine instruments.

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Lark Music: “Florian thinks with his hands”

Read Florian Leonhard’s interview with Lark Music Insurance. From his childhood in Dusseldorf, through to setting up his own business in London, Florian and his mother Christel discuss Florian’s road to success.

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Reuniting Sheku Kanneh-Mason with Amati Cello

The story of how FLFV loaned Sheku Kanneh-Mason a rare 400-year old Amati cello for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, which Sheku went on to win on this instrument. Through the help of FLFV, a secret benefactor was found to purchase the cello for Sheku’s use indefinitely.

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Presenting Violins at the Joseph-Joachim Violin Competition

Florian Leonhard presents five antique violins, valued at €20 million, at the Joseph-Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover. A conversation about antique prices, ‘sleeper’ instruments and whether antique or modern instruments are better.

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The Benefits of Investing in Antique Instruments

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung covers how investing in a Stradivarius violin means you can promote new musical talent, whilst generating a healthy return on your investment.

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Better with Age: Investing in Antique Stringed Instruments

With nearly 40 clients in Hong Kong, Florian shares the virtues of investing in stringed instruments with PEAK Magazine. “A violin gets better and better… It’s a no-brainer to put some money in this asset class”.

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Collectibles: An integral part of wealth

How do collectibles and financial assets co-exist and complement each other in private wealth, what makes great collections, and how can specialists avoid the pitfalls and tackle the key challenges of collecting?

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Leandro Bisiach, through his archive

No other family in modern Italian violinmaking is as intriguing as the Bisiachs, allowing us to narrate the history of Italy from the post-unification decades to almost the entire twentieth century through the events of their lives.

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The Grand Ducal Court restorers of stringed instruments in late 18th century Florence

The violin making legacy in Tuscany is grounded in a deeply rooted tradition that has attracted the attention of violin making enthusiasts since the late nineteenth century.

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The 1928 Foderà violin: a Florian Leonhard description

When observing this violin by Ercole Foderà, the first thing that stands out is the rather thin, but beautifully coloured, orange/red varnish that has slightly penetrated the wood.

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New Light on Ercole Foderà (Palermo 1895 – Ragusa 1976)

Ercole Foderà is still a relatively unknown maker. Although his production of bowed instruments is of the highest quality, little is known about his life.

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