Recipients of Instruments

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List of Recipients

as of November 2017


Stradivarius “Paganini Quartet”

© Elisa Caldana

Cristiano Gualco: Stradivarius 1727 Violin

Paolo Andreoli: Stradivarius 1680 Violin

Simone Gramaglia: Stradivarius 1731 Viola

Giovanni Scaglione: Stradivarius 1736 Cello


Formed in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. They are also considered as the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano (1945-1980) for their interpretive artistry. They regularly perform at the most important festivals and concerts across Europe, South America, the United States and Asia. They are also a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music. Their complete recording of Beethoven’s quartets received international recognition from the very first volume released in 2013, among which the volume VII released in 2017 won the prestigious ECHO Klassik Award. Since 2011, the quartet has been directing the master’s program for professional and advanced string quartets at their alma mater, Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona. They also serve as an ambassador for the Stradivari Foundation’s “Friends of Stradivari” project in Cremona. In 2015, all members originally from Genova were awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Cremona for their contribution towards the city.


Stradivarius 1700 Violin “Dragonetti”

© Bernd Noelle

Veronika Eberle was born in Donauworth, Southern Germany in 1988. She began taking violin lessons at six at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich. Since 2001, she has been studying under Ana Chumachenco at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. She was the winner of the Yfrah Neaman International Competition in Mainz in 2003. She received the Audience Awards at the Schleswig-Holstein and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. She made her debut at ten and has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchesta with Sir Simon Rattle, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with Jonathan Nott, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. As a dedicated chamber musician, she regularly performs with Shai Wosner, Lars Vogt, Renaud Capuçon and Antoine Tamestit and appeared at the Mozart Week 2015 in a trio project with Mitsuko Uchida. In 2016, she embarks on a major chamber music tour with the soprano, Anna Prohaska.


Stradivarius 1702 Violin “Lord Newlands”

Suyoen Kim was born in Münster, Germany in 1987. She received her first violin lesson at the age of five and went on to study at the University of Music Detmold, Münster Campus under Helge Slaatto. After having obtained her master’s degree in 2010 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under Ana Chumachenco, she participated in the Further Masters Studies at Kronberg Academy until summer 2012. As her talent has already drawn international attention in her early years, she was referred as a "brand new world star" by Danish "The Jutland Post" in 2003. In the same year, she won the first prize as well as the audience award and the prize for the best interpretation of Contemporary Music at the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. She was also the first prize winner of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover in 2006. She has performed with internationally acclaimed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung and Steven Sloane. Her first album of Hartmann's "Concerto funebre" with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Pietari Inkinen was recommended by BBC Radio 3 as the best available recording of this concerto. Her latest recording of the works by Schubert was released from Deutsche Grammophon in February 2015.


Stradivarius 1708 Violin “Huggins”

© Rami Hyun

Winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. As part of the prize, Ji Young Lim has a four-year loan of the Stradivarius 1708 Violin “Huggins” from Nippon Music Foundation. Born in Seoul in 1995, Ji Young started the violin at the age of seven. She studied at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and is further pursuing her study at the Korea National University of Arts under Prof. Nam Yun Kim. She won the first prize at the 2013 Euroasia International Competition in Japan and also received a number of prizes at international competitions including the Indianapolis, the Montreal International, the Henri Marteau. Already active internationally, she had toured in Japan, the U.S., Canada, Germany, Switzerland and other European countries. She has also been invited to international music festivals where she performed with famous violinist-conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Joel Smirnoff, and Koichiro Harada. In the 2015-16 season, she will be performing at many international concert tours organized by the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition.


Stradivarius 1709 Violin “Engleman”

© Giorgia Bertazzi

Born in 1989, Benjamin Beilman studied at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He went on to further study at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff. His international career was launched after winning two first prizes at Montreal International Musical Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York both in 2010. In 2014, he was chosen as a fellowship of London’s prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust which supports outstanding young musicians. He was also recognized as the young promising musician by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Strad magazine. He has performed with notable conductors and orchestras including Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed at the Louvre and Wigmore Hall, as well as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo (California) and Verbier Festival. His debut album “Spectrum” was released from Warner Classics in March 2016.


Stradivarius 1710 Violin “Camposelice”

© Eric Manas

Born in Ruse, Bulgaria in 1976, Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at five at the music school in Ruse. Later he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the Conservatoire de Paris. He has won numerous prizes at many international competitions including the Indianapolis, the Long-Thibaud, and the Melbourne Chamber. In 2001, he won the first prize as well as the special audience prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a Bach concerto at the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. As a soloist, he has performed with the world’s renowned conductors such as Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Myung-Whun Chung and François-Xavier Roth. In 2005, he became the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. Greatly trusted by the music director Myung-Whun Chung, he also became the concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Aside from his concert activities, he was appointed professor at the Conservatoire de Paris as a successor to Kantorow in 2008. Since April 2015, he serves as the artistic advisor and artist in residence of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.


Stradivarius 1714 Violin “Dolphin”

© Kiyotaka Saito

Born in Tokyo, Akiko Suwanai studied the violin with Toshiya Eto and graduated from Toho Gakuen Music High School and Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1990, she became the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. From 1991, she studied under Dorothy DeLay and Cho-Liang Lin at The Juilliard while also attending Columbia University, and also at the Hochscule der Künste in Berlin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg. She has been establishing a prestigious international career performing regularly with renowned orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is active bringing out the contemporary works among which she performed the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ violin concerto Seven at the Lucerne Festival with the Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez. She also performed James MacMilan, Krzyztof Penderecki and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s violin concertos conducted by composers. She served as a juror of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. She launched the “International Music Festival NIPPON” in 2013, and since then she has been taking up the role of its artistic director.


Stradivarius 1715 Violin “Joachim”

© Chris Dunlop

Born in Taiwan in 1989 and raised in Australia, Ray Chen is the winner of the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Competition and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium. At the age of fifteen, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. In December 2012, he performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach as the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family. He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the Orchestre National de France, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His premiere album “Virtuoso” released on Sony Classical in 2011 received glowing reviews from major publications and won the Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Award of the same year. His third recording, an all-Mozart’s album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, was released in 2014.


Stradivarius 1716 Violin “Booth”

© Jiri Hronik

Born in Munich to a German father and a Japanese mother, Arabella Miho Steinbacher began taking violin lessons at three. At nine, she became the youngest violin student of Ana Chumachenco at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Further musical inspiration and guidance were provided by the violinist Ivry Gitlis in Paris. In 2001, she was awarded a scholarship by the foundation of the world renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and also received further support by Mutter herself. Steinbacher’s career was launched in 2004 with an unexpected debut in Paris when she stepped in on short notice and performed Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. Since then, she has performed with distinguished conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti and Lorin Maazel. She received numerous awards for her recordings including two ECHO Klassik Awards, “Young Artist of the Year” for her CD “Violino Latino” in 2007 and “Best Concert Recording of the Year” for her CD of Szymanowski and Dvořák’s violin concertos in 2010. Her latest CD of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky’s violin concertos recorded with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Charles Dutoit was released in June 2015.


Stradivarius 1717 Violin “Sasserno”


Born in St. Petersburg in 1983, Alina Pogostkina moved to Germany in 1992. She received her first violin lessons from her father and went on to study under Antje Weithaas at the Hans Eisler Music School in Berlin. After receiving a number of prizes in renowned competitions, she won the first prize at the 2005 International Sibelius Competition. She has collaborated with the prestigious orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has also performed with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Andris Nelsons, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrey Boreyko and Thomas Hengelbrock. Recently, she performed all six Mozart’s concertos in two concerts with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Reinhard Goebel in Finland.


Stradivarius 1722 Violin “Jupiter”

© Universal Music

Ryu Goto started his career at the age of seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.1. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the San Francisco Symphony. He has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Leonard Slatkin. In 2010, he launched “Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Initiative Scholarship” with the NYC Department of Education and provides scholarships to students every year. He does extensive musical outreach and cultural exchange in developing countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He records for Deutsche Grammophon in collaboration with Universal Classics Japan. His latest album including Beethoven and Franck’s sonatas was released in April 2015. In May 2011, he graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics.


Stradivarius 1736 Violin “Muntz”

© Shigeto Imura

Yuki Manuela Janke was born to a German father and a Japanese mother in Munich in 1986 and received her first violin lessons at three. After the early success at the age of five in the Jugend Musiziert, a German competition for young musicians, she made a successful debut as a soloist performing with an orchestra in Germany at the age of nine. In 2001, she won the highest score at the Bundes-competition, followed by many first prizes at international competitions such as the Louis-Spohr Competition in Weimar and the Johannes-Brahms in Pörtschach. In 2004, she won the second prize (with no first prize winner) at the International Paganini Competition as well as all three special prizes. In 2007, she was awarded the third prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition and the first prize at the Sarasate International Violin Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with notable orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. She had served as the first female concertmaster in the history of the Staatskapelle Dresden for two years since 2012. In August 2015, she became the concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin.


Stradivarius 1696 Cello “Lord Aylesford”

© Kirill Bashkirov

Born in Madrid in 1991, Pablo Ferrández began studying music with his parents at three. He then continued his studies under María de Macedo and Asier Polo. At thirteen, he was granted admission to the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid where he studied under Natalia Shakhovskaya. He currently studies under Frans Helmerson at Kronberg Academy in Germany. He is the first prize winner of the 2008 Liezen International Cello Competition. He also received the second prize at the International Paulo Cello Competition in 2013 and prizes at the Edmond de Rothschild in 2008 and the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. He has performed with notable orchestras in Europe including the Orquesta Nacional de España, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Both as a soloist and a chamber musician, he is regularly invited to international music festivals such as the Rheingau, the Verbier, the Casals, the Spivakov, the Santander and the Kronberg. His recording of the works by Schumann and Dvořák was releas ed from Onyx in 2014.


Stradivarius 1730 Cello “Feuermann”

© Marco Borggreve

Born to a Japanese father and a German mother, Danjulo Ishizaka studied with Boris Pergamenschikow at the Hans Eisler Music School in Berlin. He is the first prize winner of the International Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition in 1998, the ARD Music Competition in Germany in 2001 and the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in 2002. Ever since his internationally-acclaimed appearance with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Krzysztof Penderecki, he has performed with notable conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Roger Norrington and Leonard Slatkin, and orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He also performed with such great musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer and Christoph Poppen. He received the Germany’s prestigious ECHO Klassik Award for his debut CD in 2006 and the Gramophone Award in Chamber Music category for his recording with the Pavel Haas Quartet in 2014. His latest album of the works by Grieg, Janáček and Kodály was released from Onyx in June 2014. In 2012, he was honoured with the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award (Japan) for his exceptional musical performances and contributions towards the further development of classical music. He became a professor at Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden in 2011.


Guarneri del Gesu 1740 Violin "Ysaye"

© Marco Borggreve

Sergey Khachatryan was born into a musical family in Armenia in 1985. He studied with Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe Music Academy. He won the first prize at the 2000 International Sibelius Competition at fifteen as the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the 2005 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. He has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With his pianist sister Lusine Khachatryan, he has performed recitals at major halls including Wigmore Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Palais des Beaux Arts and Carnegie Hall. In 2014, he received the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and awarded a performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival. His latest album of Brahms’ three Sonatas released in 2013 has been highly praised by the world’s major music magazines and press. In September 2015, he releases an Armenian album “My Armenia” with his sister Lusine.

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