Henry Ford’s Stradivarius comes back into play

Henry Ford’s Stradivarius comes back into play


norman lebrecht

February 27, 2019

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.


  • Pianofortissimo says:

    What happened to the Mussolini Stradivarius?

  • The View from America says:

    I know that anti-Semitism is an important issue, but it’s overkill to introduce it into an article that has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

    If people raise anti-Semitism constantly, apropos of nothing, the topic loses its punch and it risks trivializing the issue. That would be an unfortunate outcome.

  • HBmus says:

    Good choice of concerto.