Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Leonidas Kavakos secures 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius

4:27, 20th June 2017

Leonidas Kavakos has secured the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius through Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

The violin is named after 19th century collector Charles Willemotte of Antwerp, who owned 20 instruments made by Stradivari.

Kavakos had first encountered the instrument in New York in 1994, and was immediately taken with it.

‘I was struck by the Willemotte’s electricity and intensity that crowns the underlying darkness,’ he said. ‘It is so fast and responsive, one almost has to hold back! And yet, all the colours and elegance are there, waiting to be explored!

‘This is a sound that combines the best of Stradivari and Guarneri and I feel privileged to be able to make music and discover new paths of sound with this great instrument.’

According to Florian Leonhard, the Willemotte ‘shows the confidence of a craftsman who has perfected his design and is completely sure in his methods and execution. Leonidas’ inventive and creative spirit is perfectly matched in this choice of violin.’

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