Join us for an exclusive HVS master class with National Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster, Ricardo Cyncynates.
DATE: Sunday, December 8th, 2013
LOCATION: Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
10123 Connecticut Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
*parking on street or across Connecticut Ave in church parking lot
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please write the studio directly:
It’s Monday so it’s time for VIOLIN TALK with David Rapkievian.
We had a number of questions in the studio this week about what violins David had available, specifically his, so I took this opportunity to get the scoop.
Here is David’s reply (and take a look at that generous discount!):
“I currently have 4 violins of mine and 1 viola available at my shop. (Another violin of mine is in the midst of construction and another viola of mine is at a dealers.) Let me tell you about the violins: #1) is modeled (with f-hole liberties taken) on the Heifetz Guarneri Del Gesu. The sound is very very far out there!( It has amazing projection and a middle voice between dark and bright). #2) is a model based upon my best of Guarneri: this is “Doggy” which you have used and are familiar with and which I am finally ready to part with.#3) is a Stradivari model with a sweet bright sparkly voice. # 4) is a full size Stradivari model but one meant to give the impression of being a “smaller” size. I moved the upper corners toward the neck and thereby moved the f-holes a small distance toward the neck and correspondingly and proportionately moved the nut toward the body. I also reduced the upper bout width a few millimeters. This gives a small comfortable feel for smaller or injured hands without loosing the full size acoustics. The sound is dark and luscious! 5) I am currently making another “best of Guarneri” model with Italian Red Spruce as the top and wood from the former Czech Republic for the back, neck and ribs. The viola was a very successful experiment with very well made white parts and is very reasonably priced. The body length is 16.5 inches. Free espresso for anyone who would like to come out and look at them! BTW my current price on the violins is $26,000 but with the holidays coming up, a sizable discount( 20%) is being offered through the years end!”
Thanks as always David and I look forward to a trip out there when I can try some of those gorgeous violins out myself!