Virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an el cheapo model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments. The comedian launches into Mendelssohn on the el cheapo and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. "...Squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Yes, comedy. But Meyers' point was that it's not really the instrument that makes the artist.
The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.
Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 3:20 pm
Anne Akiko Meyers — the violinist who made news a year ago for an album recorded on her two Stradivarius instruments, including the then record price-breaking "Molitor" Strad, which she purchased for $3.6 million — announced yesterday that she's been given lifetime use of the 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarne
Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews Anne Akiko Meyers. The violinist's new CD with the English Chamber Orchestra, Air: The Bach Album, features the A minor & E Major Concerti plus the Double Concerto. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart.
Join Jill Pasternak as she welcomes Anne Akiko Meyers to Crossover. Meyers is celebrated today as one of the world's premiere concert violinists. She recently launched Smile, a much-anticipated new album with pianist, Akira Eguchi. It features special arrangements of works including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and Astor Piazzolla's "Tangos."