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Amnon Weinstein and the 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
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  • SALE Antique violin. Saxony, c.1890
  • Fine 19th century violin, probably Vienna
  • Contemporary Italian viola, Guido Trotta, Cremona 1993
  • Luigi Vistoli, Italian violin made in 1943 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine quality Czech master violin by Ladislav Prokop, 1941
  • SALE Contemporary Italian master violin by Nicola Vendrame, Venice
  • Antique violin, Schuster & Co. Markneukirchen 1916
  • Antique Saxon violin after J. Stainer,  c.1920
  • Fine antique Mittenwald violin, approx. 1880
  • Antique French violin. Made in approximately 1880
  • Interesting English violin no. 47 by Jeffery James Gilbert, 1886
  • Powerful Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1940. Stradivarius model
  • SALE Fine Baroque violin in original condition - circa 1800
  • SALE Violin by J.T.L., approx. 1900
  • Fine French soloist violin by Joseph Laurent Mast, 1823
  • Interesting, probably English violin. Circa 1800
  • SALE Fine Italian violin by Liuteria Luigi Mozzani, 1921, No. 47
  • SALE Modern Italian violin by Loris Lanini, 1927 (certificate by Machold)
  • SALE Master violin by Wenzl Fuchs, Erlangen
  • Fine violin by Joseph Kantuscher. Mittenwald, 1973 op. 308
  • French violin bow by Charles Alfred Bazin (certificate by J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine Italian viola, Mario Bedocchi, 1922 (certificate by Eric Blot)
  • Italian violin, Romedio Muncher, Cremona 1929