Viola by Helen Michetschlager, Mantegazza model
Previously played by a pupil of Csaba Erderlyi who then played it in a London professional chamber group for a while.
After a childhood in London spent making things, playing the cello and going to concerts, I studied at the Newark School of Violin Making. On completing the course in 1980, I set up my first workshop, in rural Leicestershire. From the outset, my idea was to focus on making new instruments, developing strong links with players, both locally and internationally. In 1995, I moved to a workshop in the centre of the thriving city of Manchester, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to deepen my contacts with musicians, and to work closely with them on sound, set-up and playing comfort. I now work from a studio in the Manchester suburbs.
I have made over 280 instruments, which are in the hands of soloists, orchestral players, chamber musicians, teachers and students worldwide.
The two-piece back of maple of fine curl, slightly descending across the back from the centre joint in the upper half and running horizontally across the back from the centre down to the lower half. The ribs, pegbox and scroll of slightly broader curl. The front in two pieces of spruce of medium grain. The varnish of a rich orange-red colour on a yellow ground.
Labelled ‘Helen T. Michetschlager, Ashby de la Zouch 1985. Mantegazza model.
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