Vladimír Pilař

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Vladimír Pilař

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: Vladimír Pilař

Date: 1961

Town: Hradec Králové

Country: Czech Republic

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-36

Provenance: made for the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań; obtained on 30 May 1962

Description: in Stradivari style; two-piece spruce belly with fine graining, two-piece flame maple back; very good tonewood; varnish in light orange shades; placed equal first at the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań with the instrument of Přemysl Otakar Špidlen (at the time it was the highest prize awarded in the history of Wieniawski competition as in 1957 when the contest was inaugurated First Prize was not awarded)

Inscriptions: printed label reading Vladimír Pilař Hradec Králové / Faciebat Anno 19(61) [initials PV in a circle]

Measurements: body length 357 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 108 mm, lower bout 208 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Tomasz Michalak (Sixth Prize at the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Prizes: First prize at the 1967 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań (equal with Přemysl Špidlen, KIL-35)

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

Tomasz Michalak, Jerzy Marchwiński, 1962; N. Paganini-P. Kochański, La Campanella, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań



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