Ex-Vieuxtemps: The world’s most expensive violin to be played at Paganini’s 227th birthday concert in Moscow

Music enthusiasts in Moscow will be treated to the tune of the world’s costliest violin. Made by the famous luthier Giuseppe Guarneri, this violin was crafted in 1741, in honor of the great musician Paganini’s 227th birthday. The violin has a history of great owners including great violinist and composer of the 19th Century, Henri Vieuxtemps. Named the “Ex-Vieuxtemps”, presently this violin is the most expensive musical instrument in the world. The violin was purchased and brought to Russia by lawyer and businessman Maxim Viktorov in 2008. The instrument is very closely-connected with Paganini and hence it is the apt that this violin should be played on the great composer’s birthday. Apparently it was Paganini, who first heard Vieuxtemps play the violin aged 14, and predicted that “the boy would definitely become a great man.” Japanese violinist, and winner of the first prize at the 4th Paganini Awards, Kyoko Yonemoto will have the honor of playing this violin at the concert to be held at Moscow’s Conservatorium to celebrate Paganini’s birthday.

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This is the second time that the Moscow’s citizens will be treated to the tunes of this famous violin as it was earlier played at Pinchas Zukerman’s concert in 2008.