24th October 2017
We are delighted to offer for private sale a number of instruments by renowned violin maker Martin Schwalb. His models are based on the classic Cremonese and Italian school of violin making and are appreciated for their exceptional tonal and playing quality, as well as their great power of projection and radiance.
Martin has collaborated with a number of outstanding musicians to create instruments for them. Read a few of their testimonies below.
I know Martin Schwalb since many years, admiring him as an excellent maker of new violins and as a master in sound-adjustment and restoration of stringed instruments.
I am grateful to him for all his great help
Martin and I met many years ago through setting up instruments. He has saved me on many occasions, always giving me the comfort and confidence to walk out on stage, knowing that the instrument will treat me well, as I always try to do the same. It was June 2005, when my first violin by Martin was ready to be played. A big moment for me, since I had never owned a newly-built violin before. I kept playing as well as forwarding my feedback and Martin kept getting the best out of the violin each time we got together. The warmth and depth in sound, the good response as well as the free projection of sound, which the instrument had from the beginning, have grown over the years and even if it is a never ending development, I have found a reliable partner, that I love to share music with.
It is with a great pleasure that I am writing this letter, I have aquired my viola made by Martin Schwalb in 2011 and I am extremely happy with this instrument. It responds to all my needs - has a big and powerful sound, a great range of overtones, and is very comfortable and easy to play on. This viola has been my best companion during the last five years of concertizing with the Kopelman Quartet. Performances took us to the most prestigious concert halls, such as; Wigmore Hall, Concergebouw, Musikverein - Brahms Saal, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. And on countless occasions, this viola received enthusiastic praise by the audience and professionals alike.
In a string quartet setting the viola needs to defend its voice between the two violins and the cello. In the Kopelman Quartet the old Italian instrument competition is fierce and Martin Schwalb's viola has no problems of standing its ground and being an equal voice. Since Martin Schwalb has set this instrument up and adjusted, at least four years have passed and the instrument is still in its ultimate sounding and playing condition, regardless extensive travel and weather conditions. This fact speaks by itself very highly of the mastery of the maker and his instruments.
As a Solo Violist with the Dresdner Philharmonie the instrument made by Martin Schwalb had a warm, well-rounded sound from the first time I played it, with an ability to generate he most diverse timbres. There has never been a clearer choice for me.
My audience are equally impressed by the sound spectrum, covering a range from the darker tones of the low strings, up to the heights of the upper strings which produce clear, brilliant levels without any hint of shrillness. The instrument’s playability stands out, and its response is excellent. The equally-balanced sound all over the spectrum of tones makes this instrument nothing less than a pure delight to play.
The instrument affords me the security I need to focus on and fully devote myself to the interpretation of the piece at hand and to serve up all adaequate timbres.