Miss DeLay’s Guadagnini is up for sale

Miss DeLay’s Guadagnini is up for sale


norman lebrecht

October 10, 2013

The instrument played by America’s most influential violin teacher is on the auction block this month. Expect the hammer to fall just short of $2million.

Dorothy DeLay taught at Juilliard from 1948 to her death in 2002. Her pupils included Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Nigel Kennedy, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham and Kyung-Wha Chung.

With Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, Miss DeLay put Kansas on the musical map.

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  • Evan Solomon says:

    I’m not aware that Kyung-Wha Chung studied with Miss DeLay. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Robert Levin says:

    I also have no recollection of “Cookie”, as we knew her at Ivan Galamian’s Meadowmount School of Music and Juilliard, ever studying with Miss DeLay. I remember her as a student of Sally Thomas and Galamian. Of course, it is enitrely possible that she played for DeLay, as did Pinchas Zukerman, some years later.

  • Camilo Peggiero says:

    No. With Ivan Galamian. Substitute for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne Akiko Meyers or Cho Liang Lin, among many others.