photo: Edward Zbigniew Zienkowski


Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: unknown

Owner: in private possession

Provenance: bought from a Romani musician with the help of Professor Stefan Herman; used by Edward Zienkowski during his studies in Gdańsk, at the 1972 H. Wieniawski Violin Competition, during his studies in Hanover and after he joined the Berliner Philharmoniker (he became first violinist in 1979)

Description: instrument probably assembled from parts of a few other instruments; was a 7/8 size violin when bought, then the neck was elongated by a violin maker in Berlin

Inscriptions: without a luther’s label

Violinists: Edward Zbigniew Zienkowski (Seventh Prize and Polish Radio & Television Award at the 1972 H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Edward Zbigniew Zienkowski, Jan Kulesza, 1972; H. Wieniawski, Polonaise in A major, Op. 21, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań

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