Maestro Leonidas Kavakos

“A violin expert should respect the instruments, and honour both the makers for whom the instrument is the essence of their art, and the musicians who use them as an expression of their soul. He also has to have the eye and instinct to guide and advise. Florian Leonhard is one of very few in the world who fulfils this profile.”

Maestro Maxim Vengerov

“As a soloist whose demanding schedule requires me to travel every second day to different parts of the globe, I need an instrument which is highly reliable in spite of humidity and temperature change. Thanks to Florian’s restoration and fine-tuning, my Stradivari now has a more developed and focused bass, and it is more responsive and powerful, allowing me to achieve the optimum sound.”

Daniel Hope

“Florian Leonhard Fine Violins offered superb selection, service and integrity throughout the process of choosing my instrument. In the complex and unusual world of fine violins, it can often be daunting for a performer in search of the ideal instrument. Florian not only found my Del Gesù for me, but facilitated the process of acquisition greatly.” 

Maestro Guy Braunstein, Concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic

“For me a violin becomes a fine violin when it projects a sound full of character and colour, has its own personality, but allows the player’s style to emerge properly, and of course it must be adjusted in such a way that it can provide those characteristics in the long term.

Florian Leonhard has the rare ability to understand the needs of the musician and the instrument equally, and to serve both to achieve the perfect match.”