So, today I wanted to find out more about my violin. The label inside says “Stradivarius Copy – Max Bruch”. I really wanted to know what this means, where my violin comes from, who made it etc. After an extensive Google search, I learned almost nothing about my violin…
All I’ve found are a few listings of people who sell their “Stradivarius Copy – Max Bruch” violin, all in South Africa. So, probably my violin is made in South Africa?
Also, I’ve learned about Max Bruch, a German romantic composer. I don’t know if he has anything to do with my violin, but I’ll share what I learned about him anyway. Max Bruch was born in 1838 in Cologne. When he was nine years old, he wrote his first composition. He has worked as a teacher, conductor and composer. For three years, he also was the conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society.
One of his best known compositions is his Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Here is a beautiful version of this concerto performed by Janine Jansen with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie.
In the end, I still don’t know much about the origin of my violin, but at least I got to know this concerto. If anybody knows more about my violin, I would be very glad to hear more about it.