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Frank Almond - The Legendary Lipinski Stradivarius Violin

The Legendary Lipinski Stradivarius

Mr. Almond will relate the history of the maker of the violin and the story of its provenance.  He will play the Stradivarious for us to demonstrate as Mr. Almond is quoted as saying:  “A Strad is part of world cultural heritage, so people deserve to hear and enjoy the combined skills of the master craftsman and the musician.”

Speaker Profile: Frank Almond
Frank Almond Violinist Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  He returned to the MSO after holding positions as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev and guest concertmaster of the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur.   He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the U.S. and abroad including recent appearances with the American String Project in Seattle, the Nara Academy in Nara, Japan, the Ojai Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and various solo appearances with orchestras.  He has been a member of the chamber group An Die Musik in New York City since 1997, and is also the artistic director of Frankly Music, his highly acclaimed series based in Milwaukee.  He has recorded extensively, and his latest CD with pianist Brian Zeger will be released n 2010.

Top prizewinner in the Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy; top prize winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia

Mr.  Almond holds two degrees from the Julliard School, where he studied with Dorothy Delay.


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