Colin Adamson - Violin Maker

Adamson Violins update!

Headed down to the BVMA Makers’ Day on the 3rd February with a Maggini viola and a Guarneri violin, both borrowed back from customers!  It was a great success this year, I was lucky enough to have my violin chosen for the fourth time in a row.  This year it was the Kreutzer Quartet and my violin was chosen for first violin for one of the pieces.  They also played the instruments chosen solo, and it was good to hear it played in the recital hall by the renowned player Peter Sheppard Skaerved (I have posted some of the footage on Facebook).

I also managed to pick up an order for a Maggini viola from a freelance player from the London area who has been coming to see me and trying my violas for the last few years.  So all in all, a very positive trip to London this year.

The latest Kreisler Guarneri inspired copy finished, will be on it’s travels very soon, photographs below.  Just about to finish a Lord Wilton Guarneri copy, again I’ll drop some instruments of the photos in the white.  I’ve also started a Strad cello, so it’s shaping up to be a very busy year.  I haven’t made a cello for five years, maybe more, so excitement and a little bit of trepidation awaits.

I went to see Nicola Benedetti at the Usher Hall to see the Wynton Marsalis violin concerto.  Fantastic playing by Nicola, it’s difficult when you have never heard a concerto before, but there were some lovely movements in it.   The Gariel Strad was, after three hundred years, sounding amazing!  I was lucky enough to go backstage and meet Nicola briefly.  I got to see the Strad and she played my latest Guarneri violin for a short time, but it was a real honour and treat.  She’s a very warm and lovely lady and very giving of her time, Scotland is very lucky.

All in all, a very positive start to 2019!


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