Leila is selling her Salonen violinmain
The violinist Leila Josefowicz is putting up for sale the Bergonzi instrument on which she premiered a concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen. No reason given. The fiddle is in the six-digit bracket.
You can see Leila playing it here:
***PRESS RELEASE ***
LEADING SOLOIST LEILA JOSEFOWICZ’S CONCERT
VIOLIN ESTIMATED TO FETCH £100,000-150,000
IN OCTOBER AUCTION IN LONDON
Ingles & Hayday are delighted to announce they will be selling a violin by Michele Angelo
Bergonzi which has been the concert instrument of leading soloist Leila Josefowicz for the
last 12 years, in their auction on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in London. It is estimated
to fetch £100,000-150,000.
Since her debut in 1994, Leila Josefowicz has appeared with many of the world’s most
prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. Well known for playing contemporary
music and working closely with composers, Leila Josefowicz has been awarded a
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine
commitment to the music of today.
The link below shows Leila playing the Bergonzi at the premiere of a new concerto which
was written for her by the conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Michele Angelo Bergonzi worked in Cremona, the home of the Stradivari and Guarneri
families, and was the leading Cremonese maker of his day. His father, Carlo, worked in the
Stradivari workshop towards the end of Stradivari’s life, so it is highly likely that Michele
Angelo, who was 16 when Stradivari died, would have known his illustrious predecessor.
The sale will also include violins by Michele Angelo’s father, Carlo Bergonzi, and Francesco
Rugeri, a viola by Lorenzo Storioni, and a cello by David Tecchler.
She has a fairly new Zygmuntowicz which she was playing when I heard her last month.
October 29th is just two days after she performs the concerto (with the LA Phil, under EPS, last of three performances). I guess she’ll get one last crack at it.