Breaking: Maazel's fiddle tops $1 million

Breaking: Maazel's fiddle tops $1 million


norman lebrecht

November 10, 2011

The Maestro hath tweeted:

And we’re done – $1,080,000 all-in for the@MaestroMaazel #Guadagnini of 1783, all proceeds to benefit@CastletonFest.

His wife will be pleased.


From the Maazel website: Owned by Maestro Lorin Maazel for 66 years, this fine Italian violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been heard in numerous recordings and concerts worldwide during his long and distinguished career. “I first played this violin when I was 15,” says Maazel, “and it has been my close companion ever since.” The proceeds of the sale will enable The Castleton Festival, which Maazel launched in 2009, to help young instrumentalists, singers and conductors to develop in their professional careers





  • Rosana Martins says:

    This is a beautiful gesture. I wish others would follow and help classical music in this time of crisis!
    Bravo, Maestro!

  • Janey says:

    Wow. Terrific. Already greatly respected Maestro Maazel – now more so.