Chicago violinist, 17, is given a Guarnerius

Joshua Brown from Gurnee, Illinois, has been handed a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin on long-term loan by a patron of Chicago’s Stradivari Society, a division of the instrument dealers Bein & Fushi.

A somewhat stunned Josh said: ‘Playing such a high caliber instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as a musician.’

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      • I’m confused. The video in the article has changed. The video that was there before was of the Bach double violin concerto. It was a Joshua Brown with another violinist and a rather poor orchestra (to be fair, I think they were children). My comment was not referring to the quality of the violin playing, but to the fact that it was hard to enjoy the Bach double concerto with such poor intonation on the part of the orchestra. This is the video that was in the article originally: That is the same Joshua Brown I was referring to. It seems that the article originally had a video of the wrong Joshua Brown!

  • In case anyone else was confused, the video that was originally published with this article was this: That is a completely different violinist of the same name. This is the YouTube channel for the correct Joshua Brown: It would have been helpful if a correction had been published. Now that the correct Joshua Brown has been identified it is much easier to understand why he has been given this instrument to play.

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