1627 Antonius and Hieronymus Amati violin

Riccardo Minasi plays a 1627 Antonius and Hieronymus Amati violin, made in Cremona.
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Riccardo Minasi was famously attacked by a possum on his first visit to Australia eight years ago, but is armed with the perfect weapon to protect himself this time – a 1627 Antonius and Hieronymus Amati violin, made in Cremona and once owned by Eduard Reményi, a good friend of Brahms and violin soloist to Queen Victoria.

Italian maestro Minasi visited Australia again recently to play with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for their Glorious Baroque concerts, and said about his instrument, “I’ve had it for 15 years. It’s a really special instrument and in spite of its age, it’s still in its original condition, it’s nice.”

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