Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
|Giovanni Battista Guadagnini|
|Also known as||G. B. Guadagnini
June 23, 1711|
Bilegno in Val Tidone, Italy
|Died||September 18, 1786
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (or G. B. Guadagnini"); (June 23, 1711 – September 18, 1786) was an Italian luthier, regarded as one of the finest craftsmen of string instruments in history. He is widely considered the third greatest maker after Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri "Del Gesu".
Guadagnini was born in Bilegno in Val Tidone near Piacenza, now in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He practiced his craft from about 1729 until his death, and his work is divided into four main periods corresponding to and named after, Piacenza, Milan, Parma and Turin, the four cities in Italy where he lived and worked. The instruments of the Milan and Turin periods are generally considered to represent his best work, and tend toward higher valuations. The world-record price for a Guadagnini violin was set by the ‘Dorothy DeLay’ of 1778 when it auctioned for $1.39 million USD in 2013 by Tarisio Auctions. However, private sales for his finest examples have approached $2 million USD.
Guadagnini's father, Lorenzo, his son, Giuseppe, and some other members of the Guadagnini family continued in the line of violin making through several generations.
He died in Turin in 1786.
Performers who have used or are using Guadagnini instruments
|Violinist||Date & place of manufacture||Instrument name||Comments||Reference|
|Riccardo Brengola||1747, Piacenza||"Contessa Crespi"|||
|Goran Končar||1753, Milan|||
|Adolf Brodsky||1751, Milan||ex-Brodsky|||
|Roman Simovic||1752||on loan from Jonathan Moulds|||
|Manfred Leverkus||1752||ex-Kneisel||missing since 2006|
|Zakhar Bron||1757, Milan|||
|Andrew Dawes||1770, Parma|||
|Carl Flesch||ex-Henri Vieuxtemps|||
|David Garrett||1772||In December 2007, Garrett fell after a performance and smashed his Guadagnini, which he had purchased four years earlier for US$1 million. He now uses it for mainly his outdoor crossover performances.|
|David Greed||1757||Owned by the Yorkshire Guadagini 1757 Syndicate.|||
|Joseph Joachim||1767, Parma||ex-Joachim|||
|David Kim||1757||on loan from The Philadelphia Orchestra|||
|Manfred Leverkus||1752||ex-Kneisel||stolen in 2006|
|Pekka Kuusisto||1752||on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation|||
|Wayne Lin||1779, Turin|||
|Haldon Martinson||1750||Being used in the Boston Symphony Orchestra|||
|Linda Rosenthal||1772, Turin|||
|Lara St. John||1779||Salabue||called "the Resurrection" by St. John|||
|Henri Temianka||1752||Built on the Petro Guarnerius model.||[Certificate of Joseph Vedral, violinmaker, Holland, 28 September 1929]|
|Lyndon Johnston Taylor||1777|||
|Henri Vieuxtemps||ex-Henri Vieuxtemps|||
|Eugène Ysaÿe||1774||ex-Eugène Ysaÿe|||
|Sini-Maaria Simonen||1760||on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation|||
|Bob Wills||1784||Described as 157 years old when bought in 1941 for $3,000.00, Wills later claimed in an interview that he gave it away "to a friend of mine in Tayxas" and bought another for $5,000.00.|||
|Li Chuan Yun||1784||on loan from the Stradivari Society|||
- Li-Kuo Chang plays the 'ex-Vieuxtemps' G.B. Guadagnini viola, Parma c.1768
- Geraldine Walther plays a G.B. Guadagnini viola, Turin 1774
- Natalie Clein plays the "Simpson" Guadagnini cello (1777)
- David Geringas plays a G.B. Guadagnini cello made in 1761
- Maxine Neuman plays a 1772 Guadagnini
- Han-na Chang plays the G.B. Guadagnini cello made in Milan in 1757
- Gilberto Munguia plays a G.B. Guadagnini cello (1748)
- Sol Gabetta plays a G.B. Guadagnini cello (1759)
- Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, plays a Guadagnini made in Milan in 1745
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|History of the violin|
- G B Guadagnini
- E.N. Doring: The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers (Chicago,1949)
- A.H. König, ed.: Die Geigenbauer der Guadagnini-Familie. Die Turiner Schule (Frankfurt, 1981)
- G. Fiori: ‘Documenti biografici di artisti e personaggi piacentini dal ’600 all’ ’800 nell’Archivo Vescovile di Piacenza’, Strenna piacentina (1994), 67–111
- P.J. Kass: Violin Makers of the Piedmontese School
- Vannes, Rene (1985) . Dictionnaire Universel del Luthiers (vol.3). Bruxelles: Les Amis de la musique. OCLC 53749830.
- William, Henley (1969). Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow Makers. Brighton; England: Amati. ISBN 0-901424-00-5.
- Walter Hamma, Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Wilhelmshaven 1993, ISBN 3-7959-0537-0
- Duane Rosengard: G.B. Guadagnini - The life and achievement of a master maker, Carteggio Media, 2000
- Ernest N. Doring. The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers Lewis and Sons, Chicago, 1949. Reprint with new introduction by Stewart Pollins, Dover, 2012. ISBN 978048649796-9
- Wagner, Thomas (2008-02-14). "Violinist: Fall Fractures $1M Fiddle". The Associated Press (Associated Press). Retrieved 2008-02-15.
- David Garrett - livestream in NY, 8 June 2012. By David Garrett. YouTube. YouTube, 7 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 July 2013. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htp6OPCLrXc>.
- San Antonio Rose: The Life And Music Of Bob Wills. Charles R. Townsend. 1976. University of Illinois. p. 230. ISBN 0-252-00470-1
- Natalie Clein
- Aitchison Mnatzaganian cello makers, restorers and dealers
- Maxine Neuman's biography