We are raising funds to acquire a fine viola by Nicolò Amati 1619 for acclaimed British violist Rosalind Ventris.
The viola is described by Charles Beare on his certificate (2015) as ‘a fine old Italian instrument of the work of Nicolò Amati, son of Hieronymus, of Cremona. It bears the original label of his forebears Antonius and Hieronymus Amati dated 1619.’ It is stamped with what is thought to be a Medici family crest on its scroll.
Rosalind Ventris has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida at The Marlboro Festival, Tabea Zimmermann at the Wigmore Hall, the Arcanto Quartett at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, and Gerhard Schultz at the Salzburg Festival. She has given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, and Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. At the age of 17, she won two prizes at the Lionel Tertis Competition, subsequently performing with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, and in the UK with violinist Tasmin Little. She was also prizewinner at the 2013 Tertis Competition (five prizes including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize) and has received awards from Making Music (AYCA 2016), Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Kirckman Concert Society, and the Countess of Munster Trust.
A keen chamber musician, Rosalind is a member of Trio Anima (flute, viola & harp.) She has recently formed The Albion String Quartet, who will be performing at Aldeburgh Festival in 2017. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 ‘In tune’ and recorded for Delphian & Navona in 2016. Rosalind read Music at Cambridge University, and previously studied with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory. Forthcoming concerts include Aldeburgh Festival, Het Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall.
I have been looking for a viola for five years. During this period a kind individual has allowed me to borrow an extremely rare Amati viola. Now that it is on the market, I hope to seize the opportunity to secure exclusive long-term use of this instrument. This viola is made by one of the best makers of all time, and will make a wonderful investment, but from a player’s perspective it is the sound and feel of the instrument that have made me set my heart on it. If there is any way I could possibly play this for the rest of my career I know it would make a huge difference to my musical future. I cannot imagine being without it.
Rosalind and the borrowed viola by Nicolò Amati 1619