Home Stretch, and the man himself.
With 11 days to go, we're at $17,000 thanks to your interest and generosity. I'm confident there will be a flurry of activity in the coming week, so please keep posting and emailing the link to anyone you think may be interested.
Today's update focuses on the man with whom this violin is most associated with: Karol Lipinski. Although not well-known these days, he was a celebrated cultural figure during his lifetime (1790-1861), and was esteemed a a virtuoso violinist, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor, pedagogue, and composer.
His early training was with his father and Louis Spohr, and later on with one of Tartini's pupils (who presented him with this violin). His fame spread enormously after a series of joint public concerts with Nicolo Paganini in 1818.
He was closely associated with Robert and Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Frédéric Chopin (among others). A number of composers dedicated works to him, including Paganini, Henryk Wieniawski, and Robert Schumann (his famous Carnaval).
Lipinski was fairly prolific as a composer, with four violin concerti, three symphonies, and scores of smaller works, almost all of which are now forgotten. In the project video you'll notice a short clip of one of his solo violin caprices, which I'll include on the recording.
He was also well-known as an excellent teacher, and counted among his students both Henryk Wieniawski and Joseph Joachim. The Lipinski Academy in Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) is thriving, and I had the honor of playing some concerts there last December during their commemorations of Lipinski's life.
Click on any of the links above for more details on this extraordinary artist, and many thanks again for all your support and interest. Keep spreading the word as we approach the finish line. More next week....
with much gratitude,