Florian began violinmaking school in Mittenwald, Germany.
Florian started working for W. E. Hill & Sons, later progressing to become Workshop Manager.
Florian’s very first True Copies were of a Stradivari table and scroll while he was working at Hill’s. The scroll was copied from a 1698 violin played by Ronnie Burke of the legendary Lindsay string quartet. Florian would carry his copy scroll in his pocket when he went to view auction sales, to show with enthusiasm to his fellow luthiers and enthusiasts!
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is established.
The first of many del Gesù sales, on this occasion to the Concertgebouw orchestra Ex Adam 1738, for the use of Vesko Eshkenazi.
Restoration carried out on Maxim Vengerov’s ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivari, Cremona 1727.
FLFV moves to its current location on Frognal Lane in London’s Hampstead NW3.
Final intensive restoration of Maxim Vengerov’s ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivari, Cremona 1727.
Photoshoot with a youthful Florian Leonhard for a state of the art website!
FLFV became long-term supporters of the Menuhin Competition, sponsoring the Junior first prize (a cash prize in addition to the loan of a fine old Italian violin).
Leonidas Kavakos is united with the 1724 ‘Abergavenny’ Stradivari, in a sale conducted by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
The FLFV team, celebrating Christmas 2010.
Florian carries out a sound adjustment with cellist Adrian Brendel.
Florian attends the Music China Exhibition with industry colleagues
After a decade of careful research, Florian Leonhard’s The Makers of Central Italy is published, with launch parties in London and Cremona.
Daniel Hope is united with the superb ‘Lipinski’ Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona 1742, in a sale conducted by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
FLFV hosts a masterclass with celebrated pedagogue Professor Zakhar Bron as part of our ongoing masterclasses and house concerts series.
FLFV hosts a masterclass with celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis in collaboration with the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians.
Florian celebrates the great soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter’s birthday
Florian with the late Professor Erich Gruenberg and the late Lydia Mordkovitch, who are both sorely missed.
Florian carrying out impromptu repairs and service work for a client in Singapore, from the hotel desk!
Long-term client Alina Ibragimova performs with her ensemble the Chiaroscuro Quartet as part of our ongoing series of house concerts.
FLFV Christmas party, 2012.
First True Copy of the Lipinski del Gesu is made, in a challenge with Daniel Hope documented in his film, The Secrets of the Violin, for medici.tv.
Florian Leonhard appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the Philharmonia Orchestra
The Telegraph describes Florian Leonhard as ‘The world’s leading expert’.
The FLFV team, 2014.
FLFV opened a New York showroom, bringing our trademark expertise-led approach to the USA. For the next 6 years our New York outpost conducted major sales including those of instruments by Stradivarius, Amati, Rugeri, Pressenda, Vuillaume, and many more.
The FLFV team Christmas photo, 2015.
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins secures sale of a rare Amati cello for the exclusive use of recent BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
Maestro Leonidas Kavakos is reunited with the ‘Willemotte’ Stradivari, Cremona 1734, which he first played more than 20 years previously.
The FLFV team Christmas photo, 2017.
Royal College of Music in London appoints Florian Leonhard official Expert and Luthier for Stringed Instruments.
Maxim Vengerov plays a True Copy by FLFV of the 1724 Abergavenny Stradivari, applauding it as “wonderful” during a masterclass at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Geneva.
FLFV Christmas photo, 2018.
During the global Coronavirus pandemic we took the opportunity to open beautifully renovated shops in Seoul and San Francisco. Both are partnerships with long-serving FLFV team members built on a wealth of experience and expertise, allowing us to extend our services of class-leading restoration and sales to South Korea and the USA.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE united with fine Matteo Goffriller cello purchased for his use by a syndicate of generous patrons, through the Florian Leonhard Fellowship.
The FLFV team at Christmas, 2021.
Hayoung Choi wins the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, playing on a fine Bergonzi cello on loan through the Florian Leonhard Fellowship.