07/10/08

Virtuoso violin playing on historically valuable instrument: Newly established Reinhold Würth Musikstiftung gGmbH presents Stradivari to the Hungarian violinist Jozsef Lendvay

Künzelsau. In July 2008, Reinhold Würth Musikstiftung gGmbH was established. Purpose of the foundation is, among other things, to acquire historically significant instruments, to preserve them and to present them to highly gifted musicians.

The first instrument that was acquired – a “Stradivari Ex Ries 1693” of the Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari – was now officially presented to the Hungarian violin virtuoso Jozsef Lendvay within the framework of a concert with invited guests on 6 October 2008.

Lendvay inspired his audience with his program “Classic meets Gipsy” at Alma Würth Hall in the Group headquarters in Künzelsau-Gaisbach. He interpreted works of Niccolo Paganini and Johann Sebastian Bach, and in the second part of the evening he and his ensemble took the audience on a journey through the world of gipsy music.

“Jozsef Lendvay convinced us once again that he is one of the big talents of his generation. We herewith present the Stradivari to an artist who has succeeded in inspiring his audience with both his violin technique and his enthusiasm for music”, said Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts.

“For every violinist it is the fulfillment of a lifetime dream to play just once on a musical instrument of the big master of violin making Antonio Stradivari. I am extremely grateful that Professor Würth made it possible for me to play my music on this instrument in the future. That is simply the greatest thing for me”, a delighted Jozsef Lendvay said about the musical instrument.