Table of Contents:

  1. Last Updates
  2. The Violin Makers' Ancestors Tree
  3. Instruments Provenance:
    1. Named Instruments
    2. Instrument Players
    3. Instrument Collectors
    4. Sources
    5. Register
  4. Instrument Stories:
    1. The Gibson: "Twice Stolen" by Bill Palmer
  5. Index to "Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments" by William Henley
  6. Acknowledgments for Data Sources




1 Last Updates:

Date Changes
03.01.2002 Players updated: Eugčne Sauzey, Pierre Chevillard, Ginette Neveu
Total: 354 instruments, 225 players and 10 collectors registered.
06.01.2002 Instruments added: 'Kathleen Parlow' 1735 Guarneri del Gesú
Players updated: Leopold Auer, Kathleen Parlow
Total: 355 instruments, 225 players and 10 collectors registered.
06.04.2002 Instruments updated: 'ex-Lobkowicz' 1617 Amati violin (Spelling corrected); 'Lord Coke' 1744 Guarneri del Gesú; 'Comte D'Armaille' 1737 Strad
Players updated: Rachel Barton
Total: 355 instruments, 225 players and 10 collectors registered.
24.04.2002 Instruments added: ex Sauret 1740 Guarneri del Gesú
Players added: Amaryllis Fleming
Players updated: Steven Isserlis, Itzhak Perlman
Total: 356 instruments, 226 players and 10 collectors registered.
29.04.2002 Instruments added: Haemmerle 1733 Guarneri del Gesú
Players added: Joji Hattori
Total: 357 instruments, 227 players and 10 collectors registered.
04.06.2002 Instruments added: 'ex Joachim-Aranyi' 1715 Strad
Players added: Annalee Patipatanakoon, Tivador Nachčz
Players updated: Adila Fachiri, Kyung-Wha Chung, Jan Kubelik, Augustin Dumay, Christiane Edinger, George Enescou, Jean Estournet, Christian Ferras, Patrice Fontanarosa, Pierre Fournier, Ivan Galamian, Arthur Grumiaux,
Total: 358 instruments, 229 players and 10 collectors registered.
08.07.2002 Instruments updated: 'ex Sarasate' 1724, 'Ruby' 1708 Strads.
Players added: Christian Altenburger, Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Total: 360 instruments, 231 players and 10 collectors registered.
19.09.2002 Players added: Oscar Lafer, Pierre Baillot
Instruments updated: 'Lord Dunraven' 1710 Strad
Players updated: Roman Totenberg, Anne-Sophie Mutter
Total: 360 instruments, 233 players and 10 collectors registered.
09.02.2004 Players added: -
Instruments updated: 'Alard' 1715 Strad
Players updated: Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Tanja Becker-Bender
Total: 360 instruments, 233 players and 10 collectors registered.
11.02.2004 Players added: -
Instruments updated: -
Players updated: Tanja Becker-Bender
Total: 360 instruments, 233 players and 10 collectors registered.
06.03.2004 Players added: Leonid Kogan
Instruments updated: -
Players updated: -
Total: 360 instruments, 234 players and 10 collectors registered.
22.03.2004 Instruments added: -
Instruments updated: 'Wilhelmj' 1725 Strad
Players added: Shunsuke Sato
Players updated: -
Total: 360 instruments, 235 players and 10 collectors registered.
25.03.2004 Instruments added: -
Instruments updated: 'ex Soldat-Roeger' 1742 Guarneri Del Gesú
Players added: Daniel Roehn
Players updated: Rachel Barton
Total: 360 instruments, 236 players and 10 collectors registered.
15.04.2004 Instruments added: -
Instruments updated: 'ex Hubay, ex Gerle' 1726 Strad
Players added: Nai-Yuan Hu
Players updated: -
Total: 360 instruments, 237 players and 10 collectors registered.
27.04.2004 Instruments added: 'Romberg' 1711 Strad cello
Instruments updated: -
Players added: Bernhard Romberg, Luigi Boccherini, Edith Peinemann
Players updated: Shunsuke Sato
Total: 361 instruments, 240 players and 10 collectors registered.
18.05.2004 Instruments added: -
Instruments updated: -
Players added: -
Players updated: Edith Peinemann
Total: 361 instruments, 240 players and 10 collectors registered.
19.03.2005 Instruments added: -
Instruments updated: -
Players added: -
Players updated: Cora Venus Lunny, Tibor Varga, Julia Fischer
Total: 361 instruments, 240 players and 10 collectors registered.
16.05.2006 Instruments added: 'Da Vinci' 1712 Strad
Instruments updated: 'Rubinoff ex Maurin' 1731 Strad
Players added: Matteo Fedeli
Players updated: Pablo de Sarasate
Total: 362 instruments, 241 players and 10 collectors registered.
01.01.2009 Instruments added: 'Ludwig' 1724 Strad
Instruments updated: 'Dancla' 1703 Strad (Name of owner corrected), 'Montbel' 1703 Strad
Players added: -
Players updated: -
Total: 363 instruments, 241 players and 10 collectors registered.



2 The Violin Makers' Ancestors Tree:

The masters' name, town they settled as well as birth and death date so far known, are listed below.


  • Andrea Amati - Cremona (~1538 - after 1611)
    • Antonio Amati - Cremona (~1555 - 1640)
    • Girolamo Amati (I) - Cremona (~1556 - 1630)
      • Nicola Amati - Cremona (1596 - 1684)
        • Girolamo Amati (II) - Cremona (1649 - 1740)
        • G. B. Rogeri
        • Giacomo Gennaro
        • Bartolomeo Cristofori
        • Jacob Stainer
        • Andrea Guarmeri - Cremona (1626 - 1698)
          • Pietro (I) Guarneri - Cremona, Mantua (1655 - 1720)
          • Guiseppe Guarneri - Cremona (1666 - 1739)
            • Guiseppe Guarneri del Gesú - Cremona (1698 - 1744)
            • Pietro (II) Guarneri - Mantua, Venedig (1695 - 1762)
        • Paolo Grancino - Milano ()
        • Francesco Rugieri detto il Per - Cremona ()
          • Giancinto Gio. Battista Rugieri - Cremona ()
          • Vincenzo Rugieri - Cremona ()
        • Antonio Stradivari - Cremona (~1645 - 1737)
          • Francesco Stradivari - Cremona (1.2.1671 - 11.5.1743)
          • Omobono Stradivari - Cremona (14.11.1679 - 8.6.1742)
          • Domenico Montagnana ()
          • Lorenzo Guadagnini? (~1695 - after 1760)
          • Francesco Gobetti ()
          • Alessandro Gagliano - Napoli (~1660 - 1725)
            • Nicola (I) Gagliano - Napoli (~1695 - after 1740)
              • Ferdinando Gagliano - Napoli (1706 - 1781)
              • Guiseppe Gagliano - Napoli (1724 - 1793)
              • Antonio (I) Gagliano - Napoli (1737 - ~1797)
              • Giovanni Gagliano - Napoli (~1730 - 1806)
                • Nicola (II) Gagliano - Napoli (1793 - 1828)
                • Raffaele Gagliano - Napoli (~1790 - 1857)
                  • Vincenzo Gagliano - Napoli (? - ~1886)
                • Antonio (II) Gagliano - Napoli (after 1790 - 1860)
            • Gennaro Gagliano - Napoli (~1700 - after 1770)




3 Intruments Provenance:

  1. Named Instruments
  2. Instrument Players
  3. Instrument Collectors
  4. Sources
  5. Register




4 Intruments Stories:

  1. The Gibson: "Twice Stolen" by Bill Palmer




5 Index:

Index to "Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments" by William Henley




6 Acknowledgments for Data:

My special thanks go to Bill Palmer and Dan Altman for numerous valuable data concerning the whereabouts of famous instruments.

Many thanks also to