Instruments Owned by Nippon Music Foundation

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Stradivarius 1715 Violin


  • “Joachim”
  • “Joachim”
  • “Joachim”


This instrument was named after the famed Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907). It was one of the three 1715 Stradivarius violins Joachim owned. He purchased the violin in Budapest, and on his death, he bequeathed it to his great-niece, Adela d’Aranyi, who was taking violin lessons from him. Therefore, this violin is also known as “Joachim-Aranyi”. She and her sister Jelly d’Aranyi were frequently heard in public as a duo between 1910 and 1930. Adela married Mr. Alexander Facchiri and the violin had remained in the possession of the Facchiri family ever since. Nippon Music Foundation purchased it from the Facchiri family in September 2000.


The back is in one piece of maple, marked by a handsome medium/small horizontal curl. That of the sides is similar. The scroll is marked by medium curl. The table is in two pieces of spruce marked by an even, medium grain. The varnish is of a brown-orange on a lighter ground. It has many similarities to the famous “Cremonese” violin made in the same year, preserved in Cremona, hometown of Stradivari. The back is made from the same piece of maple as the “Cremonese”.


Stradivarius 1715 Violin “Joachim”

September 13, 2000 John & Arthur Beare, to Nippon Music Foundation


Stradivarius 1715 Violin “Joachim”

September 5, 2000 John & Arthur Beare,History letter to Nippon Music Foundation
July 13, 2000 Andrew Hill

“How Many Strads?” by Doring (P182 as “Joachim-Aranyi”)

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