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Florian studies a rare Guarneri del Gesù violin

We caught up with Florian for a rare insight into his certification process.

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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 Makers of Tuscany’ launches at Mondomusica

Joined by everyone who’s anyone in the violin business, the book launch of Florian Leonhard’s ‘The Makers of Tuscany’ exceeded expectations in Mondomusica, Cremona, last week.

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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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Florian received an honorary commendation from the Hungarian Instrument Makers’ Association

Florian received an honorary commendation from the Hungarian Instrument Makers’ Association at the 2022 Nemessáyni Competition, at which he was president of the jury.

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Hayoung Choi, winner the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Cello Competition!

We were delighted to loan Hayoung a superb Bergonzi cello which she used throughout the competition, winning the First Prize, Queen Mathilde Prize, as well as the International Queen Elizabeth Grand Prize.

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Team Tuesdays series launched.

We started a series of interviews with our staff, released on Tuesdays on our social media channels, giving us new insights into our wonderful team.

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This year Florian celebrates 40 years in the violin business.

On our social media channels we revisited some of Florian’s memories (with photographs!) through his progression from violin making student to world-leading expert.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason united with Goffriller cello purchase by a syndicate for his exclusive use!

Sheku Kanneh-Mason will be playing on a superb c.1700 Venetian cello by Matteo Goffriller.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases new album

Recorded on the 1610 Amati cello we were delighted to permanently reunite with Sheku in 2016, we would like to congratulate Sheku on the release of his brand-new album. Elgar.

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Q&A with the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Team

If you’re interested in violin making, expertise and restoration and would like a true insight into our world, read our blog for expert answers from our recent social media Q&A session.

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Nancy Zhou plays launch party to celebrate our new premises in New York

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins has moved into new premises in New York which will include a new workshop. Violinist Nancy Zhou gave an inspiring and mesmerising performance at a launch party to celebrate the move.

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Royal College of Music role for Florian Leonhard Fine Violins

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins has been appointed as the Royal College of Music’s official Expert and Luthier for Stringed Instruments.

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Steven Isserlis masterclass & concert with Kanneh-Mason trio and others

It was a pleasure to host a superb masterclass with world-class cellist, Steven Isserlis, earlier this week. During the masterclass, Steven worked with the Kanneh-Mason Trio and the Bukolika piano trio.

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Florian Leonhard teams up with International Classical Artists

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is proud to be part of International Classical Artists. Below is an article by Andrew Green about the new relationship.

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Florain Leonhard Fine Violins sales manager Thomas Wei presents the 1690 'Stephens' Stradivarius violin to Rami
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Stradivarius loaned to Syrian refugee Rami for Royal Albert Hall debut

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is delighted to loan the 1690 ‘Stephens’ Stradivarius to Syrian violinist Rami for his Royal Albert Hall debut.

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Florian Leonhard Fine Violins & the Cooper Competition Winner

Congratulations to our friend Johan Dalene on winning the 2017 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

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Florian Leonhard Fine Violins to feature at U.S competitions and festivals

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins has a calendar full of exciting events coming up in the U.S during July.

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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.

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Florian Leonhard helps Leonidas Kavakos secure a new Stradivarius

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins are delighted to have helped secure the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Antonio Stradivari violin for our friend and world-renowned soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

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Florian Leonhard helps Leonidas Kavakos secure the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius

We are delighted to have helped secure the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Antonio Stradivari violin for our friend and world-renowned soloist Leonidas Kavakos.

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Florian helps reunite Sheku Kanneh-Mason with rare Amati cello

We were delighted to help permanently reunite Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the 1610 Amati cello he played to win the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, with the help of a generous anonymous sponsor based in London.

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VSA Double gold for Gabor Draskoczy

Gabor Draskoczy, who has worked for seven years as our head of new making under Florian’s direction here at Florian Leonard Fine Violins, has won double gold at the Violin Society of America’s 22nd International Competition.

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Florian Fine Violins features on BBC Four Sheku Kanneh-Mason documentary

Our very own sales manager Thomas Wei featured on a BBC Four documentary following Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

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Florian appears on Chinese TV Knews24

Florian was featured on Chinese TV during a recent trip to Shanghai. He talked to reporter Chen Xuan about violin making and may have found a new apprentice!

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The Guardian: “Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason is just what classical music needs”

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The Menuhin Competition 2016: “The Last Rose of Summer” Opening Played by Maxim Vengerov

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Lark Music ‘Notes from the Heart’: “Florian Thinks With His Hands”

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Florian on Bloomberg TV

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The Peak Magazine (Hong Kong) – “Sound Investments”

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Florian on TGR Italian News

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Tarisio: “Antonio Gragnani and the Tuscan School”

Recent archival research has uncovered much new information about the violin makers of Tuscany, including the prolific and characterful Antonio Gragnani

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Newsweek: “Stradivariuses, the Latest Financial Fiddle”

“According to research by London instrument dealer Florian Leonhard, for the past decade the average Stradivarius has seen its annual price increase by 10.9 percent, and some instruments have recorded up to 20 percent.”

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Mondomusica New York 2014 – The Exhibitors: Florian Leonhard

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The Telegraph: “The World of the Violin Maker Florian Leonhard”

“The Telegraph”‘s Ellie Pithers talks with Florian Leonhard about music, his childhood, and matchmaking. Read the full article here…

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Strings Magazine: Philharmonia Orchestra – Board of Trustees

Florian Leonhard is now a member of the Board of Trustees of UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra (“Strings” magazine, 1/2014) “[Leonhard’s] in-depth expertise and experience in the world of classical music in general and fine stringed instruments in particular will prove an invaluable contribution to our board,” Read the full article here…

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Mail on Sunday: “Violin Prices are Rising”

Florian Leonhard in the Mail on Sunday, 2nd March 2014. Read the full article here…

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ARCHI magazine n.44 11-12/2013: “Violino Antonio Gragnani, Livorgno 1775”

Florian Leonhard published his article “Violino Antonio Gragnani, Livorgno 1775” in italian ARCHI magazine, n.44 Novembre – Dicembre 2013 in the rubric “Grandi Strumenti”.

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