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A recording based on the amazing provenance and history of the "Lipinski" Stradivarius violin, crafted in 1715.
Created by

Frank Almond

182 backers pledged $33,221 to help bring this project to life.

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Reward Announced


Dear Backers,

No doubt you are all aware of the tragic event last Monday night in which the violin was stolen in an armed robbery. I wanted to make sure you are all aware of the $100,000 reward being offered, and I hope you will post/tweet/pass it on however you can.

Some of you have posted or sent me personal messages; the avalanche of support and concern has been heartening. I'm very grateful for that.

Hopefully any further posts will have better news, but thank you all again.

Frank Almond

Thanks to!


For including us in their Holiday Gift Guide. AVL makes a great gift any time of year.

Thank you all again for your continued support of this project. Stay in touch also through

All best regards,


SiriusXM and Press update

Hi everyone,

If you haven't seen them yet, AVL continues to get great press, including some nice reviews in The Strad, Strings Magazine, the Irish Times, and a nice mention in the New York Times. 

I also wanted to let you know that Sirius XM Radio will be broadcasting a program featuring interviews and excerpts from the CD, starting tomorrow night. It will be on Symphony Hall (channel 76) and times are:

Thursday 25th 7pm

Saturday 4pm

Sunday 6pm

Monday 10pm

All times EST.

Hope you can catch at least one broadcast!

Many thanks again for making this happen-


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The Latest

Hello everyone,

I thought I'd post another quick update now that most rewards have been dispersed and the actual campaign is winding down. We got a little delayed on the posters but I'm sure you can imagine some of the logistics involved. With a very few exceptions I'm pretty confident we've sent everyone what they're entitled to, but if you haven't yet received something you expected, please message me directly and we'll deal with it ASAP.

There's been a tremendous response to the recording, for which I can't thank you enough. In addition to making the Billboard top 10 in the first week of release back in April, we've had some very kind words from the Strad,, WFMT, and the Independent, among other news outlets. Some of you have heard snippets on Sirius/XM, which will also shortly be doing a more comprehensive program on AVL. More news on that when I get actual air dates.

Thanks so much again, and please tell everyone about!

with best regards,


Update, and some news

Dear backers,

Just another quick update and some exciting news.

All remaining rewards will be going out by the end of the month. Apologies for the slight delay, but we're waiting on some really beautiful posters.

In the meantime, I'm happy to report that A Violin's Life made it to the Billboard Top Ten Classical in its first week of release, which was a really nice surprise for us. Please keep it going by passing on the link via FB/twitter if you are so inclined. 

More press coming, and thanks so much again for all your support!

Best regards,


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