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Anne Akiko Meyers Receives Exclusive Use of 'Vieuxtemps' del Gesu

January 24, 2013 | By Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis Public Relations
Distinguished violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has been selected by a sponsor to perform on the legendary 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu, which has been dubbed “the Mona Lisa of violins” because it is one of the most studied and heralded instruments ever made. The instrument was recently purchased from Ian Stoutzker, a London banker, through the dealer J&A Beares, Ltd. for an undisclosed amount but, Beares confirmed, at a price that exceeded the previous world record sale of the ‘Lady Blunt’ violin. In near-pristine condition, it is believed the health of the instrument contributes to its unrivaled sound.

The “Vieuxtemps” del Gesu is named after the great Belgian violinist Henri Vieuxtemps who was considered to be the greatest violinist of his day, and a previous owner of the violin. On December 1st, Anne Akiko Meyers gave the instrument its Carnegie Hall debut when she performed Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. To hear the 'Vieuxtemps' del Gesu at Carnegie Hall visit:

“The ‘Vieuxtemps’ del Gesu is one of the very finest examples by this celebrated and greatest of makers,” says Steven Smith, Director at J&A Beares, Ltd. “I am quite certain Ms Meyers will delight her audiences as she begins her journey with this exquisite masterpiece.”

“I have never heard another violin with such a beautiful spectrum of color,” said Ms. Meyers. “I am honored and humbled to receive lifetime use of the instrument and I look forward to taking the violin to audiences all over the world.”

About Anne Akiko Meyers Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s premier violinists. In 2012, eOne released ‘Air The Bach Album,’ her 24th disc, which charted at #1 for Billboard magazine and was one of the top selling and critically acclaimed albums of 2012. Meyers recently premiered Mason Bates violin concerto with Leonard Slatkin and it was co-commissioned with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Meyers has premiered works by composers, including Mason Bates, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Wynton Marsalis, Olivier Messiaen, and has collaborated with diverse artists such as Chris Botti, Il Divo, Wynton Marsalis and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Meyers burst into national prominence at age 11, performing twice on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and appearing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The following year she made her New York Philharmonic debut with Zubin Mehta. While in her teens, Anne performed throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. By age 18, when her debut recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the Barber and Bruch violin concertos was released, she was recognized as one of the stars of her generation. Please visit for more information.

Contact: Rebecca Davis Rebecca Davis Public Relations 347-432-8832



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