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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago, 1996. 15 3/4". Originally from Poland, Kiernoziak has been working with William Harris Lee in Chicago since 1989. He has also studied with William Whedbee and Tetsuo Matsuda, winning several prizes at the Violin Society of America. At 15 ¾”, this viola has a big, rich sound, and is very easy to play.
1954, 16". As one of the most important German makers of his time, Aschauer taught at the famous violin making school in Mittenwald.
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 Curtain. 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.
16 ½", 1975
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