Violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov http://badiarovviolins.com Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:24:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Violoncello da spalla for Roger Myers http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/02/10/violoncello_da_spalla_roger_myers/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/02/10/violoncello_da_spalla_roger_myers/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:19:31 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3901 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Pleased to announce I will be working on a new violoncello da spalla for Roger Myers, a viola soloist based in the US. Roger Myers enjoys an impressive record of performing and teaching both here and abroad and has traveled widely presenting critically acclaimed concerts and master classes in countries on four continents including Austria, […]

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Pleased to announce I will be working on a new violoncello da spalla for Roger Myers, a viola soloist based in the US.

Roger Myers enjoys an impressive record of performing and teaching both here and abroad and has traveled widely presenting critically acclaimed concerts and master classes in countries on four continents including Austria, Norway, Scotland, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico as well as the U.S.A.  At the University of Texas at Austin he is Professor and Head of The String Division and was the recipient in 2007 of the School of Music Teaching Excellence Award..

He has been associated with some of the nation’s most prestigious summer festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, Green Mountain, the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington State.

–> from Roger Myers’s website.

 

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Designing for full-size sound http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/02/10/designing_full-size_sound/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/02/10/designing_full-size_sound/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:46:12 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3898 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Designing a violin for a violinist in whose hands the common full-size violin feels like a 412mm viola in the hands of an average person and even a 7/8 violin is too big. What’s left? Playing 3/4 professionally is not attractive and hardly feasible. The solution is to have the violin custom-built. Here we can […]

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Designing a violin for a violinist in whose hands the common full-size violin feels like a 412mm viola in the hands of an average person and even a 7/8 violin is too big. What’s left? Playing 3/4 professionally is not attractive and hardly feasible. The solution is to have the violin custom-built. Here we can offer two decades of experience in designing violins from the scratch.

Guarneri Del Gesu’s smallest violins described by the Hills measure ca.347mm (13 13/16 inches and 13 11/16 inches made in 1735 and 1742). These measurements in the hands of the violinist for whom this violin is being designed would feel like a 400mm viola in my hands. The first draft was made to fit the picture of the violinist’s left hand and then verified during our meeting in person. As result, this model will measure 337mm in length, almost two centimeters smaller than the full-size. However, with the widths of 165, 109 and 206mm and full-size sound, no one will immediately notice that this violin is actually small.

The concept is ready. Given its special proportions it will need special wood. I am ready to start building this violin in the end of February-March.

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Violin varnish research in 1995 http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/01/21/violin_varnish/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/01/21/violin_varnish/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:56:41 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3894 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Violin varnish research conducted in January 1995 with professor Marco Tiella and Giovanni Intelisano in Italy. This effort shows the continuation of our research started a few years earlier, in the early 1990th, at the laboratory of the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry results in these papers show an incomplete […]

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Violin varnish research conducted in January 1995 with professor Marco Tiella and Giovanni Intelisano in Italy. This effort shows the continuation of our research started a few years earlier, in the early 1990th, at the laboratory of the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry results in these papers show an incomplete list of components found in heavily oxidized venetian turpentine. Needless to say, interpreting this data is a very complex task, but it have proven fruitful in combination with other sources of data : instruments, written primary sources, works of art and practices common among craftsmen and artists in the 18th century.

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Violin sound post wood http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/01/09/violin_sound_post/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2015/01/09/violin_sound_post/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:50:23 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3888 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

This old spruce was grabbed at a reconstruction site in central St.Petersburg in the late 80th. It comes from the roof of a building originally built in the early 19th century. The log is most certainly well over 100 years and now it makes a very fine violin sound post wood. In the late 80th […]

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This old spruce was grabbed at a reconstruction site in central St.Petersburg in the late 80th. It comes from the roof of a building originally built in the early 19th century. The log is most certainly well over 100 years and now it makes a very fine violin sound post wood.

In the late 80th I was a violin-student at St.Petersburg Conservatoire and one of the novice apprentices of the remarkable pedagogue, master violin maker Vladimir Yakimenko. The most important thing he taught me was to think rather than simply follow the customary procedures. He would frequently give a violin related article, sometimes in a language I did not know and that ask if I agreed with the writer or not. There was never a way of escape with a plain Yes or No. Either had to be substantiated.

I lived on the sea-front side of the Vassilievsky island. However I visited the Petrogradsky on many Fridays when I worked as a stage violinist at a Jewish drama theater “Experiment”. There I also took painting lessons with Andrey Pakhomov. His atelier was on walking distance from the Theater. Unfortunately I do not remember the exact address of the reconstruction site except that it was in Petrogradsky diсtrict, between the Bolshoy prospect of Petrogradsky district and the Alexander park. It was winter. The site was covered in thick snow, unfenced. Anyone could go in or out, the logs were destined for the wasteland. I do  not remember why exactly I was in Petrogradksy district that day, but it was certainly in the connection with either the Theater or Pakhomov or both.

One day I walked into the site with a saw, sawed off a chunk of log and brought it back home in a strange soviet-era net-bag known as avoska (авоська) – the name implying you needed luck to bring anything safely because the bag was made of something resembling fishing net for fairly large fish. The avoska bag did its job. The log then traveled with me everywhere I traveled ever since. It has been to Brussels and Tokyo leaving behind a trace of violins and violas with sound-posts made from this piece of old wood from the heart of St.Petersburg. As its size shrinks and the memories it evokes become dearer I now reserve it but for the finest instruments.

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Merry Christmas! http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/merry-christmas/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/merry-christmas/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:34:48 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3871 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

We wish all our friends and clients a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Lots of music, peace, happiness, health, friends, prosperity… and perhaps a bit of snow at last, at least, in places where there was used to be a lot or a bit of snow.  

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We wish all our friends and clients a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015. Lots of music, peace, happiness, health, friends, prosperity… and perhaps a bit of snow at last, at least, in places where there was used to be a lot or a bit of snow.

 

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G.B.Guadanini in my hands http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/giovanni_battista_guadanini/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/giovanni_battista_guadanini/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:14:12 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3868 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

A powerful violin indeed. A solid personality Giovanni-Battista must have had.

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A powerful violin indeed. A solid personality Giovanni-Battista must have had.

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Alexei Moshkov http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/alexei-moshkov/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/alexei-moshkov/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:54:04 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3859 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Thank you Alexei Moshkov.

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Thank you Alexei Moshkov.

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Alissa Margulis http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/alissa-margulis/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/alissa-margulis/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:48:55 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3856 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Thank you Alissa! For your comments too.

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Thank you Alissa! For your comments too.

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Vladislav Badiarov http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/vladislav_badiarov/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/vladislav_badiarov/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:43:02 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3853 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

A day off with my brother, violinist Vladislav Badiarov, after completing the first ever overhaul on this violin built in 2001.

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A day off with my brother, violinist Vladislav Badiarov, after completing the first ever overhaul on this violin built in 2001.

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Zeljko Haliti http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/zeljko_haliti/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/24/zeljko_haliti/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:36:17 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3850 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Thank you Zeljko! It has been an enormous pleasure talking about so many things Pythagorean, including even the baroque violins and the common setup/stringing practices in the 18th century.

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Thank you Zeljko! It has been an enormous pleasure talking about so many things Pythagorean, including even the baroque violins and the common setup/stringing practices in the 18th century.

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