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.

Over $20,000

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.