|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.
Milan, 1970, 16 7/16". Farotti was a pupil of his great uncle Celeste Farotto. He is considered a very fine make and we are especially fond of his violas. This beautiful viola has a full, dark and warm tone.
Turin, 2006, 16 1/4". Ada Quaranta’s instruments are in great demand because of their great quality. She studied at the Cremona school beginning in 1990 after receiving her diploma in violin performance. After graduation, she worked in some of the most important shops in Germany and France. She has won numerous awards for her work. We are pleased to be able to offer this fine example of her work.
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 masters including Giuseppe Ornati. He has won numerous awards including the gold medal at the 5th Cremona Biennial Competition in 1971.
Ferrara, 2008, 16 1/4". Over the years, we have offered several fine instruments by Alessandro Ciciliati. A trained bass player, he makes and restores instruments in Ferrara together with his brother, Roberto. He is noted for exceptionally fine workmanship and tone of his instruments. This beautiful, elegant viola has a robust, resonant tone.
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.
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.
Shahramd & 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 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.
San Francisco, 1985 16 ½". Carla Shapreau studied with several makers in the 1970’s. She won a certificate for tone for a violin at the 1978 Violin Society of America competition and this fine viola won an award as well. This viola is in superb condition and has a clear, even tone.
Isabelle Tabakov & Stephen Lohman
Cremona-San Francisco, 1983. 16 1/8"
Asheville, NC, 2006. 16 ¼”
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.
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.
Warroad, MN, 1985. 16 1/4". Labeled "Made for Ifshin Violins".
Interesting old viola 15 3/8"
Bubenreuth. 15 1/2" & 16"
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.