A Bergonzi violin will be displayed in Moscow

Violin by Carlo Bergonzi. Ca.1720

A rare and unique violin by a renowned Italian master Carlo Bergonzi (1683–1747), which was sold at a November Sotheby’s auction in London will be exhibited in the capital of Russia for several days. However, a location of the coming show is still unknown.

The instrument that once had been owned by the virtuoso Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini, was bought by Maxim Viktorov, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Violin Art Foundation for $1,005,360 on November 1. The foundation holds the annual Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition and the acquisition of the violin means that the competition winner will be given the rare opportunity to play this extraordinary violin for one year.

The exceptional instrument will be taken to Moscow on November 12, but its storing place is kept in secret for an obvious reason. Though the violin has traveled a lot during its long life, it has never been in Russia before.

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