Lament for a US luthiermain
The death of Paul Bartel has left the US bereft of a vital supplier of baroque violins.
Paul, 67, was founder of the Baroque Violin Shop and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.
He owned a 1680 Stradivarius, which he liked playing for schoolkids.
The Baroque Violin Shop has launched an appeal:
On Saturday afternoon we lost a kind and wonderful man, Paul Bartel. He was not only the founder of Baroque Violin Shop, he was our father, our friend, our teacher, and an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. His passion for music and music education were undeniable, unrivaled and infectious. He may not be with us physically but his spirit lives on through everyone that he inspired around the country.
His quiet and humble generosity have impacted thousands of lives, and encouraged thousands more. Paul you fought the good fight, you finished the race, and you kept the faith. You will be missed.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Paul and Jan Bartel scholarship fund at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, which provides music education for underprivileged students. Donations can be made following the link below. Details for the service celebrating Paul’s life and legacy are still being finalized. We will let you know as soon as possible.
Please take a few minutes to share your favorite memory of Paul in the comments. https://wfac.givingfuel.com/paul-jan-bartel-scholarship