Henry Ford’s Stradivarius comes back into playUncategorized
A 1703 Stradivarius violin owned by the motor manufacturer and Hitler admirer Henry Ford has been given on loan to the associate concert master of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy.
Ford bought several pedigree Italian instruments and played them badly. This one, the ‘Rougemont’, is the pride of the Ford collection. Kennedy payed it for the first time as soloist in the Samuel Barber concerto.