News Archive

March 2007 - Glasgow RSAM

I have been invited to take part in the prestigious Violin Making event at the Royal Academy of Scotland in Glasgow.
The team project was to build a viola based on a very fine Brescian viola by Gasparo da Salo ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasparo_da_Sal%C3%B2) owned and generously lent out for the project by Barbara Westphal from Lübeck.
The new instrument is played in concert by the Hungarian violist Veronika Toth performing the world premiere of a work for 2 violas by Nigel Osbourne with violist Scott Dickinson and in Bartoks Duos with Barbara Westphal along the original instrument. A great team event!

December 2006 - LPO Section

The London Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Yang Zhang purchases my latest violin which is modelled on the Maurin Stradivari. The ´Maurin´ is part of the collection of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
http://www.ram.ac.uk/facilitiesandcollections/Exhibitions/Current/Strings+gallery.htm

September 2006 - LPO Leader

Pieter Schoeman, concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and guest leader of the BBC Orchestra buys new violin, performing the solo of Britten's double concerto for violin and viola and orchestra with the Wiener Konzertverein on September 18, 2006 in Nice, France.

February 2006 - Carnegie Hall

I will have my "Carnegie Hall Debut" in New York City on the 25th of February at 8 00 pm. Erich Höbarth will be playing the solo part of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante on my violin with Andras Schiff's orchestra "Cappella Andrea Barca"

May 2005 - Hagen

The Austrian violinist Lukas Hagen (Hagen Quartett, Professor Mozarteum Salzburg) buys one of my new violins, the model, based on the 'Lord Wilton' by Guarneri del Gesu.

January 2005 - ECO

My most recent cello is being played in the English Chamber Orchestra by the young cellist Ben Trigg.

June 2004 - LSO

The young Romanian violinist Tiberiu Buta plays my violin in the London Symphony Orchestra during his trial after winning the audition.

14 October 2003 - Violin Performs at the Wigmore Hall

Erich Höbarth and the the Vienna String Sextet perform at the Wigmore Hall, London, on Otcober 14, 2003. For further details and booking information click here.

June 30 2003 - Violin Performs in Graz

The violin's public performance with Erich Höbarth at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria with the Vienna String Sextet on June 30, 2003.

May 2003 - Erich Höbarth plays Violin in Bath Festival

The Violin had its first public performance at the International Music Festival in Bath at the end of May this year. it was heard in the Assembly Rooms in an all Mozart programme with the violist Hanna Weinmeister (Vuillaume viola) the cellist Heinrich Schiff (Stradivari, 1711) and the pianist Lars Vogt, (Steinway, rand piano model d).

The next appearance of this violin will be at Andras Schiff's music festival in Vicenza, Italy, mid June.

April 2003 - Violin sold to Erich Höbarth

Hans Pluhar's most recent violin was just bought by the very prominent violinist Erich Höbarth from Vienna. (leader of the Quatuor Mosaïques, the Vienna String Sextet, the Concentus Musicus and soloist at various music festivals).

March 2003 - Genius of the Violin - Violin Making Marathon

The Royal Academy hosts a competition, staged by the British Violin Making Association (BVMA), for international makers of violins and bows. Related to this is a Violin Making Marathon: eminent luthiers will create a replica of Menuhin's 'Lord Wilton' Guarneri del Gesú instrument - complete with a bow - in just 24 hours! I am one of the makers taking part in the marathon.This event is happening from March 29 to March 31 as part of the Festival "Genius of the Violin". There is going to be a radio program on Thursday, April 1 in the interval of the evening performance at 19 30, BBC Radio 3, covering the Violin Making Marathon. Also, at almost the same time, over on BBC Radio 4 at 19 15 on Front Row there will be something on the same subject. Furthermore there are going to be some recordings made on the new violin that is being made in this event for the radio.