Company Information

Like a time machine,
Presenting us sounds of more than two hundred years ago,
Dressed in a story that is more dramatic than a novel.
While being artwork like sculpture,
They are supreme handicrafts any high-technology of today cannot reach.
We think old string instruments are cultural heritage
That humankind should hand over to next generation.
They are not just instruments.


That made us reach a concept that we should and would like to
Buy and sell genuinely valuable instruments alone
And to strive for scrupulous repair and maintenance with deep-rooted knowledge and mature skills,
And have been doing so since our foundation in 1980.
We are very grateful that we have gained sympathy from many people for our concept,
And have served many celebrated musicians and music foundations.


Great treasures are instruments, made as long as one hundred years ago.
Could you please have a hand to help them be handed over to next generation?
We are always ready to present you any support.


Hand over genuineness to next generation
Nippon Violin

Company Profile

Nippon Violin Co., Ltd.
Capital Stock
10,000,000 yen
Representative Director
Sota Nakazawa
Dorumi-gyoen Bldg. 4F&5F, 5-29-7 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, zip 151-0051, Japan
+81 (0)3 3352 7021

History of Company

Muneyuki Nakazawa started his private business of handling string instruments.
Gengakki Duo Co., Ltd. was established as a string instrument dealer.
Nakazawa Hall was opened in Ueda City in Nagano Prefecture.
Very first in Japan, we published a translation of “Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Work (1644 - 1737)” written by William Hill, with permission from W. E. Hill & Sons to translate and publish it.
Very first in Japan, we published a translation of “The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family - Their Life and Work (1626 - 1762)” written by William Hill, with permission from W. E. Hill & Sons to translate and publish it.
Took in two expert repairmen from Jacques Francais, a long-established violin shop in USA.
Invented an unprecedented structure of a violin and made “The Itokawa Hideo,” in collaboration with Prof. Hideo Itokawa, for which a patent was obtained.
Nippon Violin Art Salon, a salon hall for musicians, was opened, close to the shop.
Contrived a violin player (violins are used as audio speakers) and put it to practical use.
The first year of NAGANO International Music Festival. It has been held annually since then.
Established a group company, Tone Wood International SRL, in Cremona City in Italy to specialize in highly graded wood.
Co-organized the first Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition. It has been held annually since then.
Cremona Office was opened in Cremona City in Italy. The name of the company was changed to Nippon Violin.
Held “Mitsui Club: Exhibitions of Stradivarius.”
In April, a book “Truth and Untruth of Stradivarius” (written by Muneyuki Nakazawa, the founder of Nippon Violin) was published.
Organized the special exhibition of the violin that Mozart owned.
Held “Exhibition of Bow of Values,” an exhibition of more than 200 prestigious bows.
Deposited violins in Maserati.
In collaboration with Riken, one of the largest scientific research institutes in Japan, we developed a new method in making a violin, for which we received subsidies.
Celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Very first as a Japanese string instrument dealer, we deposited Guarneri del Gesu 1734 “Prince Doria” to a violin museum in Italy for a limited period.
In Jan 2015, we made a contract of exclusive sale of Antonio Stradivari 1718 “SAN LORENZO Ex, Viotti” with J & A Beare, one of the largest instrument dealers in the world.
It was deposited in a domestic foundation in the same year.

Profile of President and Representative Director, Sota Nakazawa

Born to a musical family – his father is a violin repairman and his mother is a violinist – and grew up being in contact with international musicians since small. Moved to U. K. to study at an international school while frequently visiting the main auction house Sotheby’s and Peter Biddulph Ltd., an internationally renowned connoisseur to see and touch celebrated instruments since he was in his teens. After graduating from Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University, he entered Dentsu, where based on the experiences as a salesperson, he worked on many musical and cultural projects as a media planner. Became the representative director of Nippon Violin Co., Ltd. in 2014. Joined the study of Guarneri del Gesù, a celebrated violin, at the Research and Investigation Center in the Violin Museum of Cremona City, Italy in 2015. He has touched over 70 Stradivarii so far, including ones he dealt in. In 2018, he was the executive chairman and representative curator of “Tokyo Stradivarius Festival 2018” where 21 Stradivarii gathered at one place for the very first time in Asia and its main exhibition gathered about 13,000 visitors for 7 days, also gaining attention from over the world. Awarded Grand Prix in the category of Digital Craft in “Spikes Asia,” the largest creative festival in Asia, held in Singapore in 2019. Vice Chairman of Carnegie Hall Notables Japan.

Main Business Partners

  • Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Tokyo College of Music
  • NPO Corporation Yellow Angel
  • Chi Mei Culture Foundation (Taiwan)
  • Donni Foundation (Korea)
  • Huis Ten Bosch Co., Ltd.
  • Aichi University of the Arts
  • Toyoko Inn Co., Ltd.

Nippon Violin Group

Concert Office Arte

  • Planning and organizing concerts
  • Management of Nippon Violin Art Salon and Nakazawa Hall

Address: Rm. 401, Dorumi-gyoen Bldg, 5-29-7 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, zip 151-0051, Japan

TEL: +81 (0)3 3352 7310 FAX: +81 (0)3 3352 1665



  • Dealer of instrumental bows

Address: Rm. 104, Dorumi-gyoen Bldg, 5-29-7 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, zip 151-0051, Japan

TEL: +81 (0)3 6273 2526 FAX: +81 (0)3 3352 1665