An extended family of clientele

The term fellowship is defined as ‘a friendly association with people who share one’s interests’. This perfectly captures the nature of our clients at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, who are more like our friends and family. Over the years, our earnest support for international musicians has developed the Florian Fellowship into what it is today, made up of the rich tapestry of these supremely talented clients.

Musicians, and their music, are the reason we’re here, and we continue to take pride in working in such a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Florian Leonhard Fellowship Artists

Menuhin Competition

FLFV have been sponsors of the Junior Menuhin Competition since 2008. Among the recipients of our prize (the loan of a fine violin in addition to a monetary prize) are the staggeringly talented winners of the Junior Division of the competition:

Chloe Chua, Christian Li, Yesong Sophie Lee, Rennosuke Fukuda, Kevin Zhu, Kerson Leong, Chad Hoopes, and the list goes on.
The two-year loan has often turned into a long-term sponsorship as we have had the privilege to see these fine artists achieve their astonishing potential on the world stage.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE

We first met Sheku through Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, and our support for Chineke! when he was just 14 years old. Sheku showed such infectious, intuitive musicianship, and it was immediately clear that he needed a cello which would allow him to continue to achieve his potential. It quickly became our mission to support his journey.

We were able to arrange the long-term loan of a rare Hieronymus Amati cello (Cremona, 1610) and a superb Maire bow, purchased for Sheku’s use by generous benefactors respectively, themselves long-term friends of FLFV. Sheku’s meteoric rise to global stardom ensued, which none of us could have foreseen, beginning with winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, playing on the Amati cello in the final two rounds. In May 2021 we were able to secure for Sheku the long-term loan of a superb cello by Matteo Goffriller, Venice c1700, through the Fellowship thanks to the generosity of a syndicate of private benefactors.

We remain extremely proud of Sheku’s achievements as a cellist, ambassador, and role model for young musicians everywhere. Sheku is taking the Classical Music world by storm and changing its face forever.

Photo Credit: Mark Allan and Chineke!

Ludwig Balser

LGT Young Soloist

The staff at the London Store of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins were very kind and helpful! I had such a great time finding my bow from Victor Fetique (1925) with Florian Leonhard and Joe Stupple! I am extremely happy with the condition of the bow and can’t wait to explore more characters and colours with it!”

Highgate International Chamber Music Festival

Ashok, Natalie and the team have long been clients and friends of the FLFV family. Since the festival began as a small gathering at a local church, we have seen it grown to a sold-out annual event, attracting the highest calibre of musicians to be heard anywhere.

The unique combination of local community and global talent make this a highlight of our year each Winter, and we have been proud supporters since 2014.

Nancy Zhou

International Soloist

‘One of today’s probing musical voices infused with searing virtuosity’, to witness Nancy’s playing is quite simply a transcendent experience. Florian met Nancy after being introduced by Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2011 and was bowled over by her playing. With loans of fine violins by makers including Gagliano and Stradivari, Nancy went on to win first place in the 2018 Isaac Stern Violin Competition and the 2018 International Music Competition Harbin, amongst numerous other prizes.

Now a well-established soloist based on the West Coast of America, Nancy gives concerts throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and shares her musical and technical insights in regular masterclasses. Since 2008, Nancy has been sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, frequently collaborating with Ms. Mutter on tours in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Nancy plays a fine Guarneri del Gesù from c1730, ‘Le Sphynx’.

Chineke!

The motto of Chineke!, Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, is ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. Ever since day one we have been proud supporters of the Chineke! Foundation and Orchestra, and their important mission which we all share. With Chineke! we have experienced countless exhilarating concerts and met so many talented musicians from all over Europe and beyond.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE has a clear vision, and has put it into motion on a scale beyond our wildest dreams. Chi-chi says, “music, of whatever kind, is for all people”, and who could disagree?

O’Modernt

Hugo Ticciati, violinist, conductor and artistic director, is quite simply one of a kind. Since Florian first met Hugo in 1999, our whole team have been superfans of his ground-breaking work, and especially of O/Modernt, which ‘imaginatively explores artistic connections old and new’ to awaken an innovative listening. It has been an honour to support Hugo and O/Modernt and enjoy their truly inspiring and unique music making.

Lawrence Power

After having attended his concerts for over a decade, when we recently met Violist Lawrence Power at the Aspen Music Festival he asked for advice in finding a suitable instrument for his increasingly regular violin performances. He plays a gorgeous Brescian viola, and the violin would need to be something really top notch. We were able to introduce Lawrence to a friend and long-term client of FLFV with a collection of extremely fine old Italian instruments (as well as a FLFV True Copy of a Guarneri del Gesù!). They immediately hit it off, and Lawrence has been able to play on a fine Stradivari violin for many of his UK performances.

Lawrence’s playing and musicianship are second to none, and it is a true honour to have helped in this very small way.

Yume Fujise

Through our work as Official Stringed Instrument Experts for the Royal College of Music in London we were introduced to Yume in 2015. It was instantly clear that Yume had a rare musical sensitivity, and could draw out endless soundscapes from any instrument. We made it our mission to find her a violin that she could play long-term, and after many heart-breaking short-term loans, it was our delight to be able to help secure a fine J. B. Vuillaume violin on indefinite loan. Yume has been a BBC Introducing Classical Artist and member of the Kleio Quartet, and her career continues to go from strength to strength.

We are proud to be the Royal College of Music’s official Expert and Luthier for Stringed Instruments.