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Karel Vávra

A member of an extensive Bohemian family of violin makers, Karel was born in 1903 and worked initially with his cousin Alfons in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He moved to Prague in 1932, where he was established independently in Korunní, and from 1950 in Bĕlěhradská. Joined by his son, pupil and successor Karel (II), he won prizes at The Hague in 1949, Prague in 1954 and Poznan in 1962 and went on to act as a judge at competitions in Liège and Poznan. He died in Prague in 1973. His work is of a high quality and finish, with first-class materials, and showing a preference for Guarneri models.

Karel Vávra

(b Jablunka, 1903; d Prague, 1973)

A member of an extensive Bohemian family of violin makers, Karel was born in 1903 and worked initially with his cousin Alfons in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He moved to Prague in 1932, where he was established independently in Korunní, and from 1950 in Bĕlěhradská. Joined by his son, pupil and successor Karel (II), he won prizes at The Hague in 1949, Prague in 1954 and Poznan in 1962 and went on to act as a judge at competitions in Liège and Poznan. He died in Prague in 1973. His work is of a high quality and finish, with first-class materials,... Read more

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