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.

From $10,000 to $20,000

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.

Alessandro Ciciliati

Alessandro Ciciliati

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

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.

Bruno Barbieri

Bruno Barbieri

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.

Carlos Funes

Carlos Funes

San Francisco, 2010, 15¾”

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.

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.

Shahramd & Saeid Rezvani

Shahramd & Saeid Rezvani

Los Angeles, 16" #11

Carla Shapreau

Carla Shapreau

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

Isabelle Tabakov & Stephen Lohman

Cremona-San Francisco, 1983. 16 1/8"

Werner Voigt

Werner Voigt

Markneukirchen, 1971, made for William Moennig & Sons. 16 3/4". After his training in Markenukirchen, Voigt worked at a number of important shops in Germany and Switzerland. After the war, he opened his workshop in Markneukirchen and became known and respected for his work, winning numerous prizes and other distinctions. This viola has a wonderful, huge tone and is surprisingly comfortable to play, given its size.