Violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov http://badiarovviolins.com Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:30:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Antonio Stradivari violin, 1697 http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/20/antonio_stradivari_violin/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/20/antonio_stradivari_violin/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:27:06 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3833 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Another Antonio Stradivari violin in my hands. Known as The Molitor, this violin was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1697. The year 1697 is frequently referred to as the beginning of his “Golden period”. The violin got its name from the general of Napoleon’s army, Count Gabriel Jean Joseph Molitor, and is believed […]

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Another Antonio Stradivari violin in my hands. Known as The Molitor, this violin was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1697. The year 1697 is frequently referred to as the beginning of his “Golden period”.

The violin got its name from the general of Napoleon’s army, Count Gabriel Jean Joseph Molitor, and is believed to have been owned by Napoleon. Like so many violins in this rank it passed through the collection of the Curtis Institute of Music and later through the Hills of London. Formerly it was played by Elmar Oliveira and Albert Stern, who played it until 2010, as well as by Anne Akiko Meyers.

We listened to this violin at the recent concert of Alena Baeva at Amsterdam Concertgebouw on the 13th of December 2014 where she performed Ravel – Tzigane and Waxman/Bizet – Carmen Fantasy, op. 7 – with warmth, grace, breathtaking virtuosity and perfection.

This violin like several other Strads I had in my hands has a certain punch to its sound. It sounds as if it is in some way nearly artificially amplified. The sound is remarkably compact and bright, as if all the overtones are delivered in a concentrated and focused manner. It takes some practice to get accustomed to the way the violin responds to the bow although it seem to be by far less capricious or dominating than certain Del Gesus. Needless to say, Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri sound-ideals are a whole worlds apart.

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Origin of violin-making in Europe http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/20/origin_of_violin_making_in_europe/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/20/origin_of_violin_making_in_europe/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:01:50 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=2428 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Today it is worth recalling one of the most remarkable women in history – the patroness of arts and music Isabella d’Este and, of course, it is worth recalling one of the most remarkable instruments in history – the violin. Without Isabella’s leading role and influence it is far from certain that the violin would […]

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Today it is worth recalling one of the most remarkable women in history – the patroness of arts and music Isabella d’Este and, of course, it is worth recalling one of the most remarkable instruments in history – the violin. Without Isabella’s leading role and influence it is far from certain that the violin would have become the instrument we all know. Additionally, today it is the Birthday of professional violin-making in Europe.

On this day in December 20 in 1511, Isabella d’Este paid Maestro Sebastian da Verona* to prepare the timbre for a consort of violins for her court ensemble. In my opinion we can and perhaps should count this day as the symbolical Birthday of professional violin-making. In all likelihood Maestro da Verona was one of the first professional violin-makers. The surviving document thanks to which we know Isabella d’Este paid Sebastian da Verona  is the earliest known record of anyone paying a professional instrument-maker. It is also significant that this first consort – in other words a set of violins in different sizes (alto, tenor, bass) was the first to be commissioned and owned by any court in Europe. By the end of the 16th century all European courts of standing owned both viol and violin sets.

Several years earlier Isabella d’Este commissioned a set of viols. It apparently came to existence in March 1495. Viols were ordered to an unnamed maker while she was on her visit to Brescia. Unlike the case with the violins, there is no clarity regarding the exact date of her commissioning of the viols. While the viol consort had proven to be a welcomed resort to and means of reconnection with the Divine, it wasn’t very efficient for accompanying dancing parties. It wasn’t loud enough to accompany a dancing crowd. The wind instruments were loud, but they were considered neither noble nor spiritual – not in Este’s circle anyway – consequently the gap was filled with the violins.

In the early years the instruments of the violin consort were referred to as treble-violin, alto-violin, tenor-violin and bass-violin, or as alto-viola da braccio, tenor-viola da braccio, bass-viola da braccio, or violino-primo, violino-secondo, viola prima, viola seconda or tenore, basso, or dessus de violon, hautes-contre de violon, tailles de violon, quintes de violon, basses de violon etc etc. Today they are commonly known is violins, violas and violoncellos. They are not quite the same thing as once they were, but this is another story.

Picture: portrait of Isabella d’Este by Tizian.

* lit. Sebastian from Verona. Verona – a small Italian town on the foothills of the Alps.

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Nicolo Amati violin http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/19/nicolo_amati_violin/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/19/nicolo_amati_violin/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:11:19 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3829 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

I recently heard this Nicolo Amati violin in a concert and played it afterwards. I was surprised by the difference it makes in the hall and under the ear. It has a very mild and warm sound in the hall, yet under the ear it has a high, brilliant, silvery voice, very different from that […]

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I recently heard this Nicolo Amati violin in a concert and played it afterwards. I was surprised by the difference it makes in the hall and under the ear. It has a very mild and warm sound in the hall, yet under the ear it has a high, brilliant, silvery voice, very different from that of other Cremonese violins such as Stradivari, Del Gesus, Antonio and Gerolamo Amati, Andrea Guarneri. It would be however quite unjust to say that this particular Nicolo Amati violin has a “brilliant” voice because it is capable to produce a multitude of colours. In part, the remarkable variety is facilitated on this violin by the gut strings, strings which unfortunately have become much less popular than once they were even in the last century.

The sound of this Amati is very different from yet another Nicolo Amati I played and studied earlier this year and in fact, it is interesting that the other Amati albeit much smaller favours the lower strings producing considerably darker resonance.

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Violin sound-post http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/19/violin_sound-post/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/19/violin_sound-post/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:43:34 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3826 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

The position of the violin sound-post in this drawing does not vary considerably from what is a common practice today, albeit its proximity to the bridge is very interesting. This drawing is attributed to some 18th century Cremonese workshop. Formerly in the collection of Leandro Bisiach, Antoniazzis and the Count Cosio di Salabue, who might […]

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The position of the violin sound-post in this drawing does not vary considerably from what is a common practice today, albeit its proximity to the bridge is very interesting.
This drawing is attributed to some 18th century Cremonese workshop. Formerly in the collection of Leandro Bisiach, Antoniazzis and the Count Cosio di Salabue, who might have purchased this drawing from Antonio Stradivari’s son Francesco, it has an inscription A.Stradivari. The inscription was later attributed to the Count Cosio. The three circles on the drawing are curiously similar to the thickness circles published in the method for violin-making by Antonio Bagatella (Regole… MS1782, 1st ed.1786). Bagatella, judging from what he writes about himself, worked for Giuseppe Tartini and his students during 30 years mainly “improving” their antique violins rather than making new instruments. Unfortunately Bagatella – like many of his predecessors and even restorers working today – has not left any documentation whatsoever about the original features of modified by him violins.

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Violin Iconography Database http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/11/violin_iconography_database/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/11/violin_iconography_database/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:41:02 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3815 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

The Violin Iconography Database was my research tool during my years as a student at Brussels Royal Conservatoire. It contained the violin as well as many other musical instruments represented in visual arts. I started collecting and classifying images in 1995 with the purpose of research into the evolution of the violin from its origins […]

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The Violin Iconography Database was my research tool during my years as a student at Brussels Royal Conservatoire. It contained the violin as well as many other musical instruments represented in visual arts.

I started collecting and classifying images in 1995 with the purpose of research into the evolution of the violin from its origins in the early 1500th till the end of the 18th century. At first The Database was a pile of tables hand-drawn on A3 sheets of paper. It was later transformed into a Microsoft Access Database. The latter was transformed into an online database because I wanted to share it with my fellows and allow them to contribute their pictures into it. The Microsoft version proved to be very buggy and slow and in 1997 I started to convert it into a PHP & MySQL driven online database, still the standard language for most database-driven websites including this one. Essentially, the Database was based on a commercial photogallery CMS which I adapted to the needs of my research. It run smoothly for about 12 years, both online and on my computer till 2012 when all servers and OS updated their PHP and MySQL to the latest version. As it often happens, the latest version is not compatible with the oldish CMS. It was no longer possible to access it as admin to make any upgrades. Additionally, upgrades would delete the customized fields and search forms. At this moment the Database is not functional and it does not seem possible to fix it any time soon. Perhaps, one day, when I have the time for it again.

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Essai des violons|Conservatoire de Bruxelles http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/10/essai_des_violons/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/12/10/essai_des_violons/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:35:26 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3808 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Following my proposal, an old friend of mine, the president of a department at Brussels Royal Conservatoire professor Benoit Douchy kindly organizes an event – essai des violons – early next year. I will present some of my violins at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles on the 15th of January at 14:00. Please contact for […]

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Following my proposal, an old friend of mine, the president of a department at Brussels Royal Conservatoire professor Benoit Douchy kindly organizes an event – essai des violons – early next year. I will present some of my violins at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles on the 15th of January at 14:00. Please contact for more information.

Chers amis,

Suite à un mail de Dimitri Badiarov voulant venir me montrer ses derniers instruments, je me suis dit qu’il serait intéressant d’en profiter pour proposer à nos étudiants un moment d’« essai d’instruments ».
Dans ce cadre, ce serait intéressant d’avoir en plus des étudiants, quelques amis luthiers et archetiers présents afin de faire un travail d’écoute et de sensation.
Nous pourrions ainsi susciter un échange d’impression entre les étudiants, les profs et les luthiers.

L’examen de violon du côté francophone ayant lieu le 13 janvier, je proposerai le jeudi 15 janvier 2015 à 14h pour mettre cette idée en pratique. (J’ai réservé 3 classes de MA de 14 à 16h)
Si vous êtes intéressé de vous joindre à cette aventure ou si vous connaissez d’autres personnes intéressées, merci de me tenir au courant

À très bientôt, Benoit

PS Dans ce contexte, on ferra uniquement des essais d’instruments montés baroque ou classique.

 

Venue:

Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles
Annexe « Chêne »

Rue du Chêne 17
1000 Bruxelles Belgique
T +32 (0)2 550 14 90
F +32 (0)2 550 14 91

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Original violin model inspired by Del Gesu http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/06/original_violin_inspired_del_gesu/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/06/original_violin_inspired_del_gesu/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:50:14 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3022 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

A new violin inspired by the late Guarneri Del Gesu. I started thinking about creating this new original violin model in the end of 2013 after having played on two Del Gesus as well as on a few modern and very successful violins. The project started to materialize in the beginning of 2014. In May […]

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A new violin inspired by the late Guarneri Del Gesu.

I started thinking about creating this new original violin model in the end of 2013 after having played on two Del Gesus as well as on a few modern and very successful violins. The project started to materialize in the beginning of 2014. In May the drawing was ready and while I was wiping off the lasts bits of eraser gum from the paper I already knew – I was going to make not one but four violins : two baroque and two modern.

Stainer was by far the most sought after violin-maker in the baroque period and I may well consider making a Stainer-esthetics baroque violin in the future. However in this violin I wanted to achieve a particular type of sound, the sound not achievable in a Stainer model, at least, it was not found in several authentic Stainers I have held in my hand and played.

2014 was a good year for the homage to one of the most inspiring violin-creators of all times for he died 270 years ago on 17 October 1744.

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Sergey Malov – concerts in The Netherlands http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/04/sergey_malov_concerts_concertgebouw/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/04/sergey_malov_concerts_concertgebouw/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:25:38 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3799 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

Russian-born violinist Sergey Malov, known for his mastery of three instruments, namely the violin, the viola and the recently rediscovered violoncello da spalla, gave a truly impressive performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on July 23, where he played with the Concertgebouw’s frequent guest, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, led by Bernhard Forck. Before the […]

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Russian-born violinist Sergey Malov, known for his mastery of three instruments, namely the violin, the viola and the recently rediscovered violoncello da spalla, gave a truly impressive performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on July 23, where he played with the Concertgebouw’s frequent guest, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, led by Bernhard Forck.
Before the concert, the artists and audience stood for one minute of silence in memory of the victims of flight MH17.

The program included a concerto by Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer, the cello concerto in D by the Neapolitan Leonardo Leo, the Brandenburg Concerto No.3 and Orchestra Suite No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the violin concerto in B by Giuseppe Tartini. Malov performed both as violinist and cellist. In the opening Wassenaer concerto Malov and Forck offered beautiful and powerful solo parts on the violin. Sergey Malov performed Leo’s cello concerto with breathtaking virtuosity on the shoulder-held violoncello da spalla, an instrument much in use in the 18th century. One of Malov’s assets is his fluency in a broad range of musical styles, from the Baroque to contemporary music and even jazz, and connoisseurs knew that some improvisation was to be expected. But the audience were given to hear something that went far beyond their expectations as Malov treated them to a dazzling abundance of ornamentations and cadenze improvised ex tempore. His magnificent cadenza in the Tartini violin concerto in B deserves a description of its own, not only because of its impressive length, but because of its great wealth of musical invention – all of it perfectly true to the style of the concerto. At the same time, Malov suprised connoisseurs among the audience with a display of entirely innovative bowing techniques. He also allowed himself a musical pleasantry by inserting several improvised passages from the cadenza into the following orchestral reprise.

Sergey Malov has been invited to play concertos on both the violin and the viola by the London Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, the Camerata Salzburg and the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (AKAMUS) chose Malov as their soloist for a programe of Italian concertos for the violin and the violoncello da spalla at to be performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall on 15 November 2013. Malov’s Baroque instrument collection consists of a violoncello da spalla and a baroque violin built by luthier Dmitry Badiarov (2011 and 2013, The Hague) and at this moment he is working on the modern violin for him. On September 5 Malov gave a recital with pianist Florian Birsak at the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht. Their performance was more than noteworthy indeed.

This article has also appeared on Diplomat magazine.

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Violin maintenance : presentation. http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/03/violin-maintenance/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/03/violin-maintenance/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:01:11 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=3009 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

#Violin, viola & Cello – baroque and modern – maintenance : presentation by violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov. I never stop to come across with poorly fit violins. The recently seen violin had five cracks, two seams open and more serious problems. The student and her teacher noticed only one open crack. The recently fitted new bridge […]

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#Violin, viola & Cello – baroque and modern – maintenance : presentation by violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov.

I never stop to come across with poorly fit violins. The recently seen violin had five cracks, two seams open and more serious problems. The student and her teacher noticed only one open crack. The recently fitted new bridge was fitted so carelessly that one could pull three sheets of paper under its feet. As a result the top of the instrument was badly damaged by several generations of bridges and it would take weeks to repair it. Last but not least, the cost might be equal to the value of the instrument if not more. Yet it might have been easily avoided if the bridges were be fitted with utmost precision and if they were standing straight, not on their toes, and not on their heels.

This happen not only on student violins. In the first three years in The Hague I was used to run a small workshop for string players at my atelier, explaining them the basics of maintenance, how to spot and avoid problems, how to fix small problems, what is good and what is bad for the instrument, what makes it sound better or worse etc.

Last year I was invited by a cello teacher from The Hague Royal Conservatoire to give a presentation for the cello students of the Conservatoire but violinists and viola players were not welcomed. This year too they want me to repeat my presentation but the violinists and violists will be out again.

I should probably repeat this presentation for violinists and viola players, shouldn’t I? Violinists and viola players will surely appreciate, repairers will have easier jobs to carry and the instruments will be safer and healthier.

Audience : violin, viola and cello players.
Baroque and Modern instruments.
Date : November 25 , 09:30
Venue : The Hague Conservatoire

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Two new violas in progress http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/02/viola_amati_del_gesu/ http://badiarovviolins.com/2014/10/02/viola_amati_del_gesu/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:01:41 +0000 http://badiarovviolins.com/?p=2992 Dmitry Badiarov Fine Violins |

In September and October 2014 I will be working on two violas. The model for one of these violas originated last year. Then I was commissioned an instrument with the upper bouts no wider than 195-196mm. This resulted in a model nearly identical to the dimensions of the A&H Amati viola known as The Stauffer, […]

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In September and October 2014 I will be working on two violas. The model for one of these violas originated last year. Then I was commissioned an instrument with the upper bouts no wider than 195-196mm. This resulted in a model nearly identical to the dimensions of the A&H Amati viola known as The Stauffer, 1615. Identical, except for the extraordinarily short Stauffer’s f-holes. The other model is based on my interpretation of the late Del Gesu. This viola will be 412mm (16.22 inches) long. It will be considerably wider than the “Amati-Badiarov” model. For the thicker, Del Gesu-like sound in this instrument I chose soft maple with a gentle wave, combined with wide-grained spruce for the top.

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