Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Violas

If you are looking for a fine viola it is a good time to visit Ifshin Violins! We would like to extend an invitation to you to visit us to see and try some of these exceptional instruments.

Natale Carletti

Natale Carletti

Bologna, 16 5/8"

A talented cellist and the oldest son of violin maker Carlo Carletti, Natale carried on the family tradition, working with his brothers Orfeo and Nullo. He took over his father's shop in 1941, going on to win first prize in the 1949 Cremona competition. This viola is characterized by a lustrous amber red varnish and distinctive flamed wood on the back and ribs. It has a sonorous, ringing tone, both rich and deep, and was the principal instrument of a prominent San Francisco musician


Bruno Barbieri

Bruno Barbieri

Mantua, 1981, 16 1/8 in. From a large family of violin makers, Bruno had several teachers, including Zatta in Milan. He was also heavily influenced by the great Giuseppe Ornati. Barbieri won numerous awards in 1967 at Cremona, and gold medal at the 5th Cremona Biennial Competition in 1971. This viola is in superb condition, and boasts a clear, strong viola sound.


Caesar Castelli

Caesar Castelli

Ascoli Piceno, 1961. 16 1/2". A student of Constantine Celani and Giuseppe Ornati, Castelli won over a dozen prizes before passing away in 2003 at the age of 91. He worked in his native Ascoli Piceno, making over 200 violins, 70 violas, and 30 cellos. His workmanship is of the highest quality. This viola has a strong, rich tone and is very responsive.


Bruno Barbieri

Bruno Barbieri

Mantua, 1969, 16½". From a large family of violin makers, Bruno had several teachers, including Zatta in Milan. He was also heavily influenced by the great Giuseppe Ornati. He has won numerous awards including the gold medal at the 5th Cremona Biennial Competition in 1971. This viola has a wonderful, rich and resonant tone.


Greg Alf

Greg Alf

1982 - 16 5/8 inches

Alf's reputation was enshrined as early as 1982 when the VSA declared him "Hors Concours", its highest award for craftsmanship. Since then his renown has grown. Alf's instruments are actively used in many of the major American orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, New York Met, and Chicago Symphony, and in major European orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. This viola, made in the same year he was awarded "Hors Concours", is remarkably easy to play, and has a clear, resonant tone.


Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert

Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert

Petaluma, 1991, 16 1/4". The husband and wife team of Grubaugh and Seifert are well known in the Bay Area, especially for their cellos. This viola is unusual in that it is not antiqued. It is in flawless condition with a superb golden yellow varnish.


Clifford Roberts

Clifford Roberts

Philadelphia, 1989, 16 ½ in. After studying in Cremona for several years, Clifford settled in Philadelphia. Although he suffered from a rare neuromuscular disorder, he crafted over 60 violas, all of a high caliber. Among his customers were members of the Julliard String Quartet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This viola is a superb example of his work, with characteristic plain wood and a rich, dark tone.


Jerome Thibouville-Lamy

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy

Late 19th century Mirecourt. 15 ½”  One of the most successful workshops in France, J.T.L., as it was known, produced instruments across the spectrum of quality. They were known for their consistent quality, even as apprentices from all over Europe came to study with the firm. They won countless awards and prizes; in 1877 Thibouville was granted the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the highest award in France. This viola was part of their high-end production. Though small in size, the tone is big and sonorous, rich in color.


Bruno Guastalla

Bruno Guastalla

1985, 15.5".


Leo Aschauer

Leo Aschauer

1954, 16". As one of the most important German makers of his time, Aschauer taught at the famous violin making school in Mittenwald.


Shahram & Saeid Rezvani

Shahram & Saeid Rezvani

Los Angeles, 16" #11. Over the last 25 years the brothers Rezvani have made more than 500 violins, violas, and cellos. They began their studies in Iran with Ibrahim Ghambari Mehr, ex-student of the Parisian master, Etienne Vatelot, and later in Vienna with Johann Rombach. They continue perfecting their art as members of the Violin Society of America, working with such masters as Joseph Curtin. Now based in Los Angeles, they produce excellent instruments. Their work is very characteristic, resonant and sweet, easy to play, rich in tone color. We currently have 2 fine violas, both of which are quite responsive and represent a great value for the performing musician.


Alfons Vávra

Alfons Vávra

Prague c.1930-40 15 ¾ in. Son and student of his father Jana, Alfons Vavra became one of the most important and successful Prague makers of his generation. He won several medals and awards at major international competitions. Built on a sought after slightly smaller size, this viola has an excellent tone.


Aerts

Aerts

1973, 17"


Paul Hilaire

Paul Hilaire

16 ½", 1975


Luigi Villa

Luigi Villa

Milan, 16 1/2".


Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown

Asheville, NC, 2006. 16 ¼”


Zoltan Toth

Zoltan Toth

1992


Daniel Delfour

Daniel Delfour

Toulouse, 2003, 16 1/8". We have been offering the Delfour instruments for many years with great success. This beautiful viola has a clear, warm tone.


Giovanni Rosadoni

Giovanni Rosadoni

Como, 1970. 16 1/4". Born in 1905, Rosadoni concentrated on viola making. This nice viola represents an exceptional value in a well made Italian instrument.


Andreas Morelli

Andreas Morelli

15 7/8"


Robert Wenzel

Robert Wenzel

Warroad, MN, 1985. 16 1/4". Labeled "Made for Ifshin Violins".


Rudolf Buchner

Eltersddorf, 1970, 16 ½”


Jay Haide

Jay Haide

Jay Haide, à l'ancienne. various sizes We now offer a Maggini model viola in our à l'ancienne series.

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Kremona

Model V1, 15 1/2 in."


Jay Haide


Alois Sandner

Bubenreuth. 15 1/2" & 16"


Viola Bows

We also have an excellent selection of viola bows. Please see our Fine Bow page for listings.

We cordially invite you to come by for a visit and try any of these fine violas and bows. We look forward to seeing you.