French virtuoso is selling his $4 million violin

French virtuoso is selling his $4 million violin


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2022

The eminent French soloist Régis Pasquier has put up his 1736 Guarnerius for sale, having decided to pass it on ‘to a younger generation’.

Pasquier, 76, has been playing this instrument since 2008.

Details here.


  • Piano Lover says:

    The best way to make a wealthy retirement :sell a violin that every “music lover” will take for valuable.

    • Bob-S says:

      Well long-term he can hardly take it with him.

      • David K. Nelson says:

        Indeed, and I myself have started to wonder if at age 70 I really need seven violins and a viola in the house (note to would-be jokers: the viola stays). His most famous recordings would have been made with a prior instrument if he acquired this one in 2008. His most famous of all of course is the Bach Double with his teacher, Zino Francescatti.

  • Pat says:

    I wonder what he paid for it.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    4mil for a del Gesu? That would be a steal. More like 7mil or more.
    quite a few del Gesu violins have gone into double-digit millions.
    They are far rarer than Strads, and Picassos.

  • Giora Schmidt says:

    @Gerry and @Oliver the condition of the fiddle is far from ideal hence the price. Big back crack among others (might be well repaired) but still affects the overall $$$$.

  • Ranch Hand says:

    Del Jesu is one item you can’t purchase as a NFT

    (Working the Block Chain Gang Man)