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Violins of Hope

How "Violins of Hope" came to be

In 1940s Tel Aviv, during the turbulent period when the state of Israel was founded and fought for its independence, "Violins of Hope", the world's most moving collection of instruments gradually came together at Moshe Weinstein's workshop. Survivors of the Holocaust kept bringing him their instruments or, in some cases, the instruments of their relatives who had not successfully made their way out of Europe. Simpler instruments by unknown luthiers, well-crafted pieces by German and Jewish masters as well as magnificent violins with a star-of-David inlay which had become memorials to the devastation that had occurred in Eastern European klezmer culture ― all of them found a safe haven with Amnon Weinstein, the luthier who himself had immigrated from Vilnius in 1938 and lost many members of his family.



A luthier’s grief: Amnon Weinstein restoring and researching the Violins of Hope

For over fifty years, the unintentional collection of what would later be called Violins of Hope was kept in a corner as tributes to the grief and pain which their previous owners could not bear. And as was the case in many Israeli families, the Weinsteins also needed more than a generation until Amnon Weinstein, Moshe's son and successor, mustered up the courage to address the disturbing history of this set of instruments.

After being encouraged by a German intern, Amnon Weinstein began gathering information about the instruments and the people they belonged to, and he started lovingly and painstakingly restoring the violins, some of which were badly damaged. Within a short time, he received support from his son Avshalom. A presentation and a concert in Istanbul in 2006 initiated the the project, and Violins of Hope, as it was soon called, started to take shape.

Violins of Hope today: Concerts, exhibitions and educational programmes

Since then, the voices of the approximately 60 instruments in the Violins of Hope collection have been heard at famous music festivals and concerts of renowned orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Cleveland Symphony – often with contributions from world-renowned soloists such as Itzhak Perlman. With its clever interplay of exhibitions and events at schools to accompany the performances, the Violins of Hope are creating unique inroads to the lives, sorrows and art of the musicians who once played them. You can find more information about the Violins of Hope project, Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, and current events at the project's website.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Justin Derazey workshop, French violin dated approx. 1880
  • SALE ntique violin from Saxony.  Approx. 1870
  • Jacques-Pierre Thibout: Fine French violin, Paris 1839
  • SALE W. E. Hill & Sons violin bow by Edgar Bishop, circa 1930
  • SALE H. Derazey workshop, fine 19th century French violin
  • Fine violin by Christian Olivier & Paul Bisch Paris 1927
  • Antique French 3/4 violin, J.T.L.
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPORVED French viola, Joseph Nicolas fils, 1849
  • Fine Mittenwald violin by Peter Hornsteiner, circa 1790 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • SALE Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French violin, circa 1820
  • Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine soloist violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Lovely old French violin by Laberte, Mirecourt
  • Italian violin, probably Mario Gadda, 20th century
  • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1870
  • Warm, matured, resonant sounds: Old violin from Saxony
  • SALE French cello bow - Joseph Alfred Lamy père (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine Swiss cello bow by Siegfried Finkel, Brienz
  • Fine Italian viola, Ado Zani, Cesena
  • French violin bow. Probably Ecole de Bazin, c.1910
  • Master violin by Erwin Georg Volkmann, 1975 - violinist's recommendation!
  • Contemporary English violin - Guarnerius model, Violinist's recommendation!
  • SALE Modern Italian violin by Loris Lanini, 1927
  • Outstanding antique German violin. "Conservatory violin", approx. 1920
  • French violin bow. Mirecourt approx. 1950