Nippon Violin Society: Announcement of Free Loan of Violin (Hannibal Fagnola 1930, ”G.B. Guadagnini 1773 model”) and Cello (Hannibal Fagnola 1926)
From Mr. Shin Takeuchi, a member of the Nippon Violin Society and the owner of the instruments, we have received an offer to loan these valuable instruments.
The Italian-made 'Fagnola' that will be provided for loan this time is particularly known as a representative maker of the 20th-century modern era. Its deep tone and robustness are suitable for diverse performances, from orchestra-backed concerts and solos to recitals and competitions. We hope this instrument brings new inspiration to performers in both their daily practices and on-stage performances.
Our company has been dealing with stringed instruments, including Stradivarius, both old and modern, for many years. Together with Mr. Takeuchi, we hope to support the further advancement of musicians through this loan. We will sincerely read all self-published texts for the application. We eagerly await applications that convey your passion.
[A Message from the Instruments Owner]
Mr. Shin Takeuchi
CTO of Visional Inc. / External Director of Tsukuruba Inc. / Director of Japan CTO Association
During my university days, I picked up the guitar and even worked as a singer-songwriter for a time. At 28, I transitioned from music to the business world. Lately, outside of my professional duties, I've been supporting those who, like my younger self, might have to abandon their creative and cultural pursuits due to economic challenges. I do this by working behind the scenes in art and music.
Regarding the Violin:
When comparing multiple Fagnolas, including ones priced higher than this particular piece, its resonance was strikingly superior. Compared to the general Fagnola sound, this one exuded a youthful energy. While it may lack the emotional depth and maturity of the so-called "old" violins, I believe this violin offers top-notch velocity in its class. I hope it finds its way to a musician who feels that their current instrument limits their expression, especially in terms of power. Over time, I hope the player will nurture the violin and grow with it, shaping it to his or her unique style.
Regarding the Cello:
This is a late-model Fagnola cello, considered to be a rarity. I had the opportunity to compare it with an early model from the 1910s. As expected, this cello demonstrates its status as a collector's piece with its straightforward and high-quality sound. In some ways, it has a sound quality similar to the Fagnola Guadagnini model violin we're also offering. Conversely, it may be somewhat lacking in emotional depth, especially in the mid to low range. However, its honest sound has immense potential, which can be molded and nurtured by the musician. Yet, this potential is high, demanding a skilled player to truly make it sing. It would be a joy to have this cello assist someone who is striving for top prizes in national or international competitions, or a professional soloist striving for the next level. Of course, those with other musical aspirations are also welcome.
Introduction to the Instruments
Violin: Hannibal Fagnola 1930
Hannibal Fagnola is a representative maker from Turin, Italy. After winning a silver medal at the 1906 Milan Expo and a gold medal at the Genoa Expo, he rapidly became a sought-after luthier, winning awards worldwide and attracting attention from renowned dealers globally. While Fagnola primarily modeled his instruments after three great makers, namely Pressenda, Rocca, and Guadagnini, this violin made in 1930 is a particularly rare model based on Guadagnini, one of the leading makers of the late 18th century. Upon inspecting the body, one can find labels of both G.B. Guadagnini and Fagnola himself. The woodwork boasts extreme precision, coated with a transparent varnish. The sound is rich and warm, ideal for soloists, and has the powerful volume suitable for performances in large halls.
Cello: Hannibal Fagnola 1926
It's estimated that Fagnola crafted about 400 stringed instruments in his lifetime. Of these, only around 20 are believed to be cellos. There's virtually no record of a Fagnola cello appearing at auctions, making them extremely rare. The opportunity to encounter a Fagnola cello, especially one from his 'golden era' of 1926, is almost non-existent. As previously mentioned, Fagnola's reputation skyrocketed after winning awards at the 1906 expos in Milan and Genoa. His cellos gained global attention after a quartet set (two violins, a viola, and a cello) won a gold medal at an expo in Turin in 1911. This led to increased recognition of Fagnola's cellos and violas, especially in countries like the UK and the US. This 1926 cello, from Fagnola's 'golden era', boasts not only volume but also a dense and profound tonality. The instrument's inherent musical expressiveness is vast, drawing out the desired tones for soloists.
- Eligibility for Application
- Those with experience playing the violin or cello.
※ Professional status, amateur status, past competition wins, etc., are not considered.
- Instruments for Loan
- Violin: Hannibal Fagnola 1930 "Giovanni Battista Guadagnini 1773 model"
Cello: Hannibal Fagnola 1926
- Loan Period
- From December 2023 to November 2025 (a possible extension based on performance).
- Free of charge (Instrument insurance will also be covered by the instrument owner).
- Application Requirements
- ① Name
② Email Address
④ Current instrument in use and its year
⑤ Instrument you're applying for (Violin/Cello)
⑥ Self-PR (within 210 words)
- Application Period
- October 17th, 2023 (Tue) - November 7th, 2023 (Tue): Document screening ※ Application deadline is until the end of November 7th, 2023 (Japan Time).
November 11th, 2023 (Sat) - November 24th, 2023 (Fri): Final screening
- Notification of Results
- Those who pass the document screening will be contacted via the email address provided during registration. During the final assessment, shortlisted candidates are expected to have an interview with the instrument owner and our organization.